For more information about the Iris Society of Dallas please send us an email.
The Iris Society of Dallas (ISD) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1954 to promote the growing of quality irises in our area and to foster communication and sharing of information among iris growers. The sponsoring of an iris show each spring has been a major public event through the years.
The Iris Society of Dallas is affiliated with the American Iris Society (AIS) (see more below).
Our location is in the Region 17 of the AIS which includes iris societies throughout the state of Texas. Link to Region 17 at http://www.aisregion17.org
The Society is one of the largest groups of iris enthusiasts in Texas. It is know for its promotion of the culture and improvement of the Iris genus, its support of horticultural students, its encouragement of the education of the public in iris culture, and the quality of its shows. Our closest large iris club is the Fort Worth Iris Society. Another close iris club is located in the Sherman/Denison area - Texoma Rainbow Iris Society.
Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. Meetings are usually held on the third Sunday of each month at 3:00 PM. Meetings are held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church 11425 Marsh Lane, Dallas TX.
The Society generally holds two public sales each year, one in August and another in September. The rhizomes offered for sale are increases from members' gardens and are acclimated to our area. Many people prefer them over rhizomes imported from other areas of the country. In addition to many tall bearded irises, several other types of irises that are established in our area will be available at our sales.
Many ISD members also hold membership in the American Iris Society and are active in both the regional and the national affairs of the AIS. Several members are also accredited AIS show and garden judges. Members receive the monthly newsletter "Iris Talk."
ISD Membership Dues
Membership dues for the Iris Society of Dallas are $12.50 for one person, or $15.00 for a family. To become a new member, please attend one of our events.
ISD Grants and Scholarships
The Iris Society of Dallas has established up to 5 (five) grants of $100.00 each for high school students, and 2 scholarships of $1,000.00 each for college students enrolled in horticulture programs. Although not so limited, preference would be given to projects and programs relating to our favorite flower, the iris.
Application forms elsewhere herein shown may be copied and submitted to The ISD Education Committee at 3920 Amherst Avenue, Dallas, TX 75225 during the month of January each year; awards, if any, will be made in February of those years. Approved grants will be paid directly to the student applicants, and scholarships will be paid to the colleges attended by those applicants.
We periodically sponsor local bus tours to tour gardens and hybridizers in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area during peak blooming season.
- In 2000, we hosted the American Iris Society (AIS) National Convention.
- In 2004, we hosted The Society for Louisiana Iris (SLI) National Convention.
- In 2013, we hosted the American Iris Society (AIS) and The Society for Louisiana Iris (SLI) National Conventions.
- In 2014, we again hosted the American Iris Society (AIS) National Convention.
- In 2017, we again hosted The Society for Louisiana Iris (SLI) National Convention.
- In 2022 we will again be hosting the American Iris Society (AIS) National Convention.
Speakers and Programs Available
The club has members available to present programs on irises to your garden club or other organization.
For the year of May 2019 to May 2020
|First Vice President and Program Chair:||Diane Fidler|
|Second Vice President and Membership Chair:||Judy Schneider|
|Third Vice President and Show Chair:||Pat Norvell|
|Treasurer:||Bonnie J Nichols|
About the American Iris Society (AIS)
The American Iris Society is a nonprofit institution incorporated February 2, 1927, in the County of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania. By the terms of the Charter, the Corporation has no stockholders and exists for the sole purpose of promoting the culture and improvement of the Iris.
You can go to the American Iris Society Web Site to view all of their information: http://www.irises.org/