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South Canterbury Group

Club Meetings

Meets 1st Wednesday of each month

BERRY JUDD BROOCH competition each month – one stem per member each month, of any iris.
Competition Steward: Jean Barkman
Other stems and single blooms most welcome for display and discussion.

HOSTS – the name in bold type each month is the member who is in charge of the day. They are also one of the hosts. Arrange for the collection and return of the hall key and make sure we have a garden to visit after lunch.
The hosts for the day provide a plate for morning tea; bring the milk and tea towels.
If you are unavailable for your month please arrange a swap and tell Michael and Lynda.

Contact Details

Office Bearers 2020

Convenor – Michael Midgley ph 03 680 6786
Vice Convenor – Stephanie Boot ph 03 689 6005
Secretary – Lynda Crossen ph 03 686 4813
Treasurer – Tania Sandri
Committee – Sharon Wilkins, Jean Barkman
Immediate Past Convenor – Marilyn Rathgen
Makikihi Display Garden Director – Jessica Ward
Sales Table – Barbara McMillan and Pam McClelland
Press Reporter – Marilyn Rathgen
Librarian – Jessica Ward

Programme 2019/2020

June 5th Wednesday Working Bee
Covering Convention notebooks and seed sorting if time permits Blue Cliffs Hall, 1862 Blue Cliffs Road 10am.
Pot luck finger food lunch Jessica

Hosts: Marilyn and Lynda
Bring Potted Reticulata and display iris.

July 3rd Wednesday Mid-Year Lunch meet at 11.45 am lunch 12 noon
Ascot Sporthouse and Eatery, cnr Washdyke Flat Road and Hilton Highway, Timaru.
Numbers attending to Graham Menary by 26th June please.

August 7th Wednesday Blue Cliffs Hall, 1862 Blue Cliffs Road 10.00 am Michael
Iris Culture for month – Heather speaking about Bulbous Iris
Final seed sorting and packing for Convention. Bring your lunch
Berry Judd Brooch Competition. Sales table
Hosts: Stephanie and Heather

September 4th Wednesday Waimate 10.00 am Judith
St Johns Rooms 37 Shearman Street
Iris culture for month – cultivation – Judith speaking on Pacific Coast Native Iris. Bring your lunch
Berry Judd Brooch Competition Sales table
Hosts: Jean and Denise

October 2nd Wednesday Oamaru 10.00 am Alison
Eveline Church Hall, 2 Arundel St. Bring your lunch
Iris Culture for month – Alison speaking Median and Dwarf Iris.
Berry Judd Brooch competition. Sales table.
Hosts: Val and Sally

Open Days at the Makikihi Gardens October and November

November 6th Wednesday Timaru 10.00am Lynda
Southburn Hall, Cnr Pareora and Cairds Roads. Bring your lunch.
Sorting the pots and sales table for Convention. Sales table.
Berry Judd Brooch competition. Bring display irises.
Hosts: Sharon and Helen

November 15th – 18th NZIS Convention, South Canterbury.

December 4th Wednesday To be advised in due course.
Please bring gift plant to value of $10 for exchange.
Berry Judd Brooch Competition.


No meeting in January

February 5th 2020 Wednesday Lake Tekapo 10.00 am Gwenda
Midgley Home, 4 Scott Street, Lake Tekapo. Bring your lunch.
Iris culture for month – Gwenda speaking on Iris Tectorum.
Berry Judd Brooch competition. Sales table.
Hosts: Judith and Michael
Garden visit to Karoline and Oskar Reider, Richmond Station on Lilybank Road

March 4th Wednesday General Meeting/AGM Timaru 10.00 am Marilyn
Baptist Church Hall- Gleniti Road. Bring your lunch.
Iris culture for month – Lynda speaking on Ensata Iris
Berry Judd Brooch competition. Bring display iris. Sales table
Hosts: Barbara and Heather

April 1st (no fooling) Wednesday Temuka 10.00am Pam
RSA, King St, Temuka. Bring your lunch
Iris culture for month – Follow up on Spuria Iris after Convention by Stephanie.
Berry Judd Brooch competition Sales table
Hosts: Elizabeth and Sharon

May 2nd Saturday Oamaru 10.00am
Venue and details to be advised at a later date.

Our News Section


Articles in our region related to irises. Click the link to read.

Societies bunch together for lily show and garden expo.

South Canterbury iris grower Lynda Crossen believed having all the flower groups promote themselves at the show was “a brilliant idea”.

“It gives all like-minded groups an opportunity to come together, and work together – all at the same time,” she said.

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