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Bay of Plenty Group

Club Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the last Sunday of the month beginning at 11am sharp. Twilight meetings at 4pm. Please bring a plate for shared lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

The designated Study Topic – Each Host to organise the topic for the month.

Please send apology if unable to attend.

Contact Details

CONVENOR: Roger Haworth
PO Box 15133 Tauranga 3133
Ph 07 5482199

SECRETARY: Christina Braybrook
88 Freeburn Road, Tauranga 3112
Ph 07 543 1128

VICE CONVENOR: Merv Stockley
45 Winroy Grove, Katikati
Ph 07 549 3631

TREASURER: Cris Savage
Pukehina Beach
Ph 027 3255246

SHOW COMMITTEE: Lyn & Merv Stockley, Roger Haworth, Christina Braybrook, Cris Savage,Phill Stoddard and Ruth & Gordon Koberstein.


SALES TABLE: Volunteers

PROGRAMME 2018-2019

No meeting this month

MAY 27th
Dorothy McHardy
33 Crean Road, Waihi
Ph: 07 863 7533

JUNE 25th
No meeting this month.

JULY 30th
No meeting this month.

Cris Edginton
4A Ludlow Place
Katikati 3129
Ph: 549 4569

Jim Gilligan & Roger Haworth
12 Prole Road, Omokoroa
Ph: 548 2199

Barbara Pearson
9 Amberley Crescent
Ph: 579 5911

OCTOBER 22nd– 24th
Safari in Invercargill

Gisborne Convention 9th – 12th November

Christina & Keith Braybrook
88 Freeburn Road
Pyes Pa, Tauranga
Ph: 543 1128

Date to be decided
Group Luncheon
Restaurant to be advised.


No January meeting

Janet Matthews
16 Polley Crescent
PhL 549 0401
Set Year’s Programme

Please note:
A visit to Bill Dijk’s arils will be organised closer to bloom time.
Likewise a visit to Keith & Christina’s American iris at peak bloom time may also be arranged.

Our News Section


50 Year Celebrations


Blooming to 50 years in style

Article c/- The Weekend Sun,  Friday 07 Oct, 2016

Named after a Greek goddess, and sharing the Greek word for ‘rainbow’, the iris is a showy and beautiful flower.

And this year, the Bay of Plenty will see a wonderful array of irises as the New Zealand Iris Society celebrates 50 years of loving all things iris.

Celebrating in blooming style, the BOP Iris Group is hosting their annual iris show for the public and avid greenthumbs alike to come and marvel at a host of irises.

“At the show members of the group are on hand to offer tips on cultivation and also offer a wide range of iris plants for sale,” says BOP Iris Group’s Chris Edginton.

This year the show is being held at Hotel Armitage on November 6 from 10am-4pm and will have a golden theme to celebrate the 50-year milestone.

From the flamboyant Japanese irises, which bloom in summer, to tiny winter treasures such as iris unguicularis and iris reticulate – and the stately bearded irises, which bloom from early spring and well into summer – each species can brighten up your garden and home no matter the season.

“There are irises that will grow in water, irises that love shade, and there multitudes of sun worshippers and those drought-tolerant. In Japan they even grow them on the roof-tops,” says Chris.

“If you have a small garden or unsuitable soil, irises adapt very well to pot cultivation so there is really no excuse not to have an iris growing somewhere.”

Pop along to the show and start your own love affair with the genus iris but be warned, you may become addicted.