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AIS Region 7 -- KY & TN

Winter Meeting at Lake Benson Retreat in Bon Aqua, TN February 24-25

While you need to pack your own sheets and pillows, the facilities are nice and the price can't be beat.  Woman's dorm rooms use twin sheets. Couples / Men's rooms use queen sheets. Our speaker will be Robert Treadway of Carlisle, AR. He will provide training on Louisiana irises. Booking details through this link.

Spring Meeting in Nashville, TN April 27-28

All the information regarding the AIS Region 7 spring meeting is found in the following link. Our speaker will be Bob Strohman on in-garden judging. Booking details through this link.

Fall Meeting at Natchez State State Park, TN September 27-29

The Jackson Area Iris Society is in process of contracting with the Lodge at Natchez Trace State Park in Wildersville, TN.  details and speaker information will be posted at a later date.

Overview

American Iris Society - Region 7 spans Tennessee and Kentucky, with USDA climate zones that range from 5 to 8, from mountains to valleys, plateaus, and the Mississippi floodplain. Soil types range from clay to gravel with wonderful loess in the western part of Tennessee. Weather is everything and anything; the only thing we know for sure is that it can change abruptly from drought to deluge and back again in summer, and from subfreezing to balmy in midwinter.

Before the big commercial iris gardens on the west coast dominated the iris scene, the region was a center of top notch hybridizing, producing several Dykes medal winners in the 1930s and 1940s - Dauntless, Copper Lustre, Mary Geddes, and Chivalry - and, in 1978, Bride's Halo. The iris is the state flower of Tennessee, although we aren't exactly in agreement as to which iris!


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