Iris Show Satur­day at Prince of Peace

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The Hot Springs Iris So­ci­ety, an af­fil­i­ate of the Amer­i­can Iris So­ci­ety, an­nounces the 2018 Iris Show from 1-4 p.m. Satur­day in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 109 Hob­son St. Cer­ti­fied judges se­lect hor­ti­cul­tural win­ners of named iris va­ri­eties, lo­cally grown. There is still time to en­ter the hor­ti­cul­tural divi­sion at no charge. Hor­ti­cul­ture en­tries must be re­ceived and tagged be­tween 7 and 9:30 a.m. Satur­day.

This year’s show, themed “Days of Color,” is ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of mem­ber Joy Rose. The so­ci­ety is one of only a hand­ful in the coun­try to still fea­ture a Na­tional Gar­den Club ac­cred­ited De­sign Divi­sion, which re­quired prior reg­is­tra­tion.

Sched­ules are avail­able at Adri­anne Kahn Fine Jewelry and De­sign in Tem­per­ance Hill Shop­ping Cen­ter, 4330B Cen­tral Ave. Show re­quire­ments are in the sched­ule. Show en­tries and ad­mis­sion are free.

The pub­lic is urged to note fa­vorite irises at the show for pur­chase at the so­ci­ety’s an­nual sale Sept. 1 at the Farm­ers Mar­ket.

Com­pli­men­tary grow­ing in­for­ma­tion and re­sources are avail­able. Knowl­edge­able grow­ers will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions. Show at­ten­dees re­ceive a coupon for a free iris at the sale and no­tice of fu­ture shows and sales by email.

Ac­tive in Hot Springs more than 50 years, the so­ci­ety’s vi­sion and sole pur­pose has been pro­mot­ing the cul­ture and im­prove­ment of the iris. Spon­sor­ing an­nual sales of named irises not avail­able lo­cally or at re­duced prices sup­ports the an­nual ju­ried show fea­tur­ing re­cent in­tro­duc­tions, Dykes Medal win­ners and his­toric irises, all of which have been lo­cally grown and groomed by the en­trants.

The show in­cludes irises and iris flo­ral ar­range­ments, com­pet­i­tively judged ac­cord­ing to the rules of the Amer­i­can Iris So­ci­ety. Mem­ber­ship is $5 per year; meet­ings are free and the pub­lic is wel­come. Mem­bers will men­tor new mem­bers and the pub­lic with iris cul­ture ques­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, Call Pres­i­dent Jim Bled­soe, 501-815-3041.

Sub­mit­ted photo

IRIS SHOW: Hot Springs Iris So­ci­ety will hold the 2018 Isis Show Satur­day at Prince of Peace Church. Above are the 2017 award-win­ning de­signs.

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