Monday, August 4, 2014

Another Sucessful Sale for GRIS

On Sunday July 27 GRIS held its annual sale of purchased and home grown rhizomes.  I netted about $650, more than we budgeted. Many customers got great deal on a wide variety of cultivars and classes of iris.  They also got great advice from our knowledgeable members.  Members also received newer rhizomes at affordable prices that will make their way back to the sale in a couple of year.  A win-win situation for all!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


The Greater Rochester Iris Sale is this Sunday. It will be held from 10-2 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY.

Lots of great bargains will be on hand from Mid-America Gardens and Keith Keppel Irises.  Also there will be locally grown rhizomes and great advice in planting and growing irises.

Friday, May 23, 2014

SDB 'Bumpkin' by Marky Smith 2012

This spectacular flower opened yesterday in my garden. A purchase from our club sale last year, it has three good increases and one bloom stalk with three buds.  What a beauty!   (Betty Schnellinger)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ear to the Ground

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Happy Good Friday! A short one this week.
  • This looks like a great show at the NYBG: Weird, Wild, and Wonderful—"In homage to the beauty of the botanical world's most bizarre flora, the Garden invited members of the American Society of Botanical Artists to participate in a study of the eccentric, creating works of art based on visually unusual plants chosen by the artists themselves. View the results of their efforts—46 captivating paintings and illustrations of exotic specimens—on display in the Ross Gallery." In addition, the evening of May 29 will feature personal appearances by Elizabeth Gilbert and Amy Stewart for An Evening of Women, Art & Botany.
  • Our friends at Twin Oaks Landscaping just won a NYSNLA Environmental Beautification Award! See why. Did you win one too? Let me know!
Image courtesy Mikell Herrick
Suntory's 'Senetti Blue Eye' pericallis
That's all for this week! Have a wonderful Easter weekend, if you celebrate, and if you don't, have a wonderful weekend anyway.


Friday, April 18, 2014

HIPS: The Historical Iris Preservation Society

A Request from the Historical Iris Preservation Society

The HIPS database is currently being rebuilt without the benefit of the majority of the previous files, as we've not been able to salvage more than 2 dozen member lists. Even if you have sent your list of historic varieties from your garden before, please do so again.

simple list of just the names of the historics you grow is the easiest to add to the spreadsheet.

Contact Brett at:   

Brett Barney
320 Lincoln St.
Sterling, NE 68443

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

First Iris of the Season

The iris reticulata is always the first iris  to bloom in our area.  A bulb iris, it's diminuitive size (3") leaves it mistaken for a crocus at any substantial distance.