AIS Region 7
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.
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.
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: