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South Canterbury Group

SOUTH CANTERBURY IRIS GROUP

of NZ IRIS SOCIETY

Office Bearers 2023 – 2024

Convenor –  Jessica Ward   ph 027 246 4206

Vice Convenor – Stephanie Boot  ph  027 482 8998

Secretary – Lynda Crossen   ph 03 686 4813 /  027 6000 107

Treasurer – Tania Sandri   ph 027 437 2018

Committee –Jean Barkman  ph 03 689 8653, Sharon Wilkins  ph 03 689 8676,

Janya Lobb 03 688 2712

Makikihi Display Garden Co-ordinator – Marilyn Rathgen

Sales Table – Heather Sell and Denise Sanders            Librarian – Sharon Wilkins

Press Reporter – Heather Sell                     Competition Steward – Jean Barkman

Berry Judd Brooch Competition – one stem per member each month, of any iris.      Other stems and single blooms most welcome for display and discussion.

Meetings    Morning tea is 10.00 am and meeting commences at 10.30 am

Hosts    Arrange for the collection and return of the hall key and arrange to have a garden to visit after lunch.

The hosts for the day provide a plate for morning tea, milk and bring tea towels.  The host’s name underlined is the host in charge of the day.

If you are unavailable for your month please arrange a swap and tell Jessica and Lynda.

Programme    2023

June   No meeting                          

5 July Wednesday               Mid Winter Lunch             Oamaru           11.45 am

Star and Garter Hotel, 9 Itchen Street

2 August Wednesday                Timaru                  10.00 am 

Gleniti Baptist Church Hall, 58 Gleniti Road

Photo show and tell of your own iris (es)   also bring some of your iris memorabilia for display

DVD from NZIS library

Subject for Discussion: unguicularis – Marilyn and Janya

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                 Sales table                   Bring your lunch

Hosts:   Marilyn, Janya and Barbara.

6 September Wednesday                    Waimate                     10.00 am

Senior Citizens Rooms, 55 Shearman Street

Subject for Discussion: Pacific Coast – Stephanie and Judith

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                 Sales table                   Bring your lunch

Hosts:   Stephanie, Judith and Denise

4 October  Wednesday                 Oamaru                  10.00 am

Eveline Church Hall, 424 Thames Highway

Subject for Discussion: small bearded species – Jean

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                Sales table                   Bring your lunch

Hosts: Tania, Sally / Theresa, and Alison

Open Days at the Makikihi Gardens – Labour weekend until Strawberry Fair    

21 October until 9 December      final dates to be confirmed – Saturday’s

  

 

 

 

27 – 30 October    Convention in New Plymouth

8 November Wednesday       Note change of Date         Fairlie             10.00 am

Archives rooms at Fairlie Heritage Museum, 49 Mt Cook Road, (main road, western end)

Subject for Discussion: Species siberians – Michael

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                Sales table                  Bring your lunch

Hosts: Lynda, Michael and Jessica

6 December  Wednesday                         Temuka                 10.00 am

RSA rooms, 130 King Street

Subject for Discussion: Japanese – Marilyn

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                  Sales Table            No Gift Swap

Hosts: Pam, Elizabeth and Lesley

Lunch at Austin 92 Restaurant, 134 King Street, Temuka   at 1.00 pm                  No garden visit

2024

13 – 14 January 2024    dates to be confirmed       Timaru         display at Lily Group show

No Iris Group meeting in January

7 February  Wednesday                         Timaru                       10.00 am

South Canterbury Eco Centre, 55c Redruth Street  (next door to The Crow’s Nest and Raptor Trust)

Subject for Discussion: Seed collecting / seed pods / propagation – Heather

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                Sales table                   Bring your lunch

Hosts: Janya, Marilyn and Barbara

6 March  Wednesday      General Meeting/AGM        Waimate        10.00 am

Senior Citizens Rooms, 55 Shearman Street

Subject for Discussion: Division of plants – Helen and Sharon

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                Sales table                   Bring your lunch

Hosts: Heather, Jean and Sharon

3 April  Wednesday                     Oamaru                10.00 am

Eveline Church Hall, 424 Thames Highway

Subject for Discussion: This year my favourite iris was …. why, and bring a photo of it

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                Sales table                   Bring your lunch

Hosts: Tania, Sally / Theresa, and Alison

1 May  Wednesday                      Timaru                        10.00 am

Gleniti Baptist Church Hall, 58 Gleniti Road

10.30 am     speaker to be confirmed

We will invite St Andrews Garden Circle and possibly Alpine Group

Berry Judd Brooch Competition                Sales table

Hosts:  Everyone bring a plate for morning tea                           No garden visit

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Book Release – Why Irises?

It’s here, the eagerly awaited and definitive book on irises; many Iris lovers have waited a long time for Gwenda Harris to put pen to paper and give the world the benefit of her huge experience growing these amazing plants.

Gwenda is widely respected for her intimate knowledge of Irises and has travelled worldwide following her passion. Her talks and demonstrations have entranced audiences throughout the country and encouraged many to look further into the breeding, growing and showing this wonderful plant.

The combination of Stephanie Boot as editor with assistance from Tony Hall, with beautiful photographs by Gwenda, Stephanie, Judith Neilson, Graham Menary and Alistair Boot makes this a book to cherish. Why Irises is not limited to just tall bearded varieties but encompasses all the other members of the genus too. Gwenda, Stephanie and Tony are all well known in the iris world and have all travelled to lecture or to judge irises in worldwide competition.

This is a book for every iris lovers shelf, the stories of travels, talks given and general helpful hints contained within, make it a must have.

It’s available from the publisher Alspix Studios email: alistair@alspix.com    at a cost of NZD$35 a copy plus postage as follows:-

New Zealand wide $8.00 please add an extra $5.00 if you are on Rural Delivery
Australia $18.00
USA $26.00
Europe $26.00

Other countries by arrangement.

To order please fill on the order form below and make full payment to the South Canterbury Iris Groups bank account # 03 0887 0290597 00 using your name as the reference.

Books will be dispatched in the order payments are received and as this is a limited edition be early to avoid missing out.

Why Irises Book Order Form

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