AIS Region 7 -- Affiliate Club and Regional Shows

AIS affiliate clubs usually have at least one show per year, generally at bearded iris bloom season.  Peak bloom is usually mid-April through the second weekend in May, although there is often considerable variation across the region.

Every club looks forward to conducting their annual iris show.  Iris shows are often the moment of a local iris club's greatest visibility within their community.  It's an opportunity to introduce new iris qualities and discuss the benefits these bring.  Shows are also an opportunity to demonstrate how to use irises in practical and novel arrangements.   

Iris shows, like many other public events, have been impacted by COVID-19.  All public, in-person iris shows were cancelled in 2020 and again in 2021.  Yet, that does not mean that the spirit of competition has been diminished.  Several clubs did their own, private (non-AIS sanctioned) iris shows.

  • Some clubs hosted small group shows in a member's home.
  • Other clubs went online and conducted virtual shows.

Additionally, COVID-19 has interrupted club meetings, so planning efforts and timing remain up in the air.  When your club is ready to announce a show, please let me know and I'll include it in the list below.

2021 Public Iris Shows

  • April 24 -- Mid-State Iris Association; Non-Judged Exhibition.  Entries 8a-10a (CDT). Open to public 10:30a.  Northminster Presbyterian Church 708 West Clark Blvd; Murfreesboro, TN 
  • May 1 -- Jackson Area Iris Society; Old Hickory Mall (NW side between closed Macy's and Belk)  Entries received 8a to 10a.  Public show noon to 4p.
  • May 1 -- Middle Tennessee Iris Society; St. Joseph Catholic Church; 1225 Gallatin Pike S; Madison, TN  37115. Entries received 8a to 10a.  Members-only show 1 pm to 3 pm.

2021 Private Iris Shows

  • May 8 -- Twin States Iris Society Virtual (member's only) 2021 Iris Photography Show Entries received 9am to Noon (CDT).  One entry per color category, 10 different color categories.  Voting occurs 10:30a to noon (CDT). You can only vote for one in each color category.  There's also an artistic design division.  Awards given to ones with most votes. Winners named on TSIS facebook page.
  • May 20 -- Bluegrass Iris Society Virtual Show ... 7pm EDT zoom awards show uploaded later to  BGIS Youtube Channel

Garden tours are often also a feature of many clubs' regional spring meeting.  These provide an opportunity to see irises in gardens as well as sometimes to sample refreshments provided by members.

Listed below are a few resources that Region 7 clubs have found useful in running shows: