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The Show Me Iris Society

Invites you to the
Region 18 Spring Meeting

Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, 2017

The 2017 Spring Regional will begin on Friday evening, May 19, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Columbia and conclude on Saturday at Bradford Farm. You will notice that this is just before the national convention in Des Moines. If you come to our regional in Columbia, you will be well placed to head on up to Iowa afterward.

Friday evening at the hotel we will have registration (beginning at 4:00 PM), refreshments, slides, and a presentation on rebloomers by former Region 18 member, Riley Probst. There will also be a seedling show, and we encourage all hybridizers to bring examples of their work to be shown. For those wishing to stay at the hotel, it is on the south side of Columbia and puts you conveniently close to Bradford Farm. There is a room rate of $119. Contact Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201,573-443-8000.

Saturday activities will all be at Bradford Farm, 4968 Rangeline Road, Columbia, MO. Registration continues, beginning at 8:00. You will be able to view all the guest plantings there, plus the display beds of all kinds of irises maintained by the Show Me Iris Society. Our display beds include not only bearded irises but a number of spurias, Siberians, Louisianas, and Japanese, so we can expect there will be something for you to see, regardless of the kind of spring we have. Riley will present judges' training in the garden from 8:30 to 10:30. If you need to meet your 3-year requirement for in-the-garden training, here is a good opportunity.

The general meeting and lunch (and the inevitable auction) will follow afterward. Bring your checkbooks. While you're thinking about the irises this winter, limber up your paddle arm.