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NEXT MEETING: March 14, 2022 - A Livelier Iris

All about growing Louisiana, Siberian, Spuria, Pacific Coast and Bearded Irises in San Diego County.

‘Lady Jean' (T. Burns 1997) a tall bearded Iris.

In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove; In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
Join the SDHS on

March 14, 2022,
at 6 pm
on ZOOM only
for the General Meeting

Janis Shackelford
The American Iris Society and the San Diego Iris Society.

All about growing Louisiana, Siberian, Spuria,
Pacific Coast and Bearded Irises in San Diego County

Janet Shackelford, our March speaker, hopes to give you the “Iris Viris” that she happily contracted, herself, in the 1980’s after visiting Cal-Dixie Iris Gardens in Riverside, and has been captivated by irises ever since.

In 1994, lured by the offer of a free iris to new members of the American Iris Society (AIS), she joined, and became active in the AIS. An article about seed germination in the AIS bulletin by George Sutton in 1999 led her to try his method herself, and from there she went on to produce her own hybrids, achieving her first success in 2001.

A native San Diegan who grew up near Balboa Park, she earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology at San Diego State University and remained there for a thirty year career in biochemical research.

Currently a Director and Garden and Exhibition Judge for the AIS, Regional Vice President for Region 15 of AIS, and officer in the San Diego Iris Society, she grows Bearded Iris, Spurias, Louisianas, Siberians and Pacific Coast Irises in her El Cajon garden.

There, she fends off gophers and overcomes limited accessible space sufficient for all of the irises she wants to plant by using underwired raised beds, which the vegetables and strawberries have learned to share with irises.

She will introduce us to some beautiful irises and their cultural characteristics, and tell us how to grow them successfully, including dividing them to share with fellow gardeners.

You can get a head start on exposing yourself to the “Iris Viris” by visiting the AIS website where you will find an amazing photo-filled Iris Encyclopedia and other resources.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the San Diego Iris Society’s Annual Spring Show and Potted Iris Sale on April 30 and May 1 in Room 101 of the Casa del Prado (flyer below).

Flyer San Diego Iris Society Sale
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SDIS Membership Form 2021 a
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The San Diego Iris Society was organized in July 1963 as a non-profit public benefit corporation with the express purpose of promoting the knowledge, culture and appreciation of plants in the Genus Iris, and to stimulate interest by planting irises in gardens, parks and public grounds.

Looking ahead -
Gretchen Ward, President, San Diego Epiphyllum Society.

April 11, 2022, 6pm,

Zoom only,

Gretchen Ward,


"Epi hybrids have been created through the hybridization of epiphytic cactus species such as Disocactus and Selenicereus. There are both day blooming and night blooming species."

'Epiphyllums are what other flowers aspire to be.'

- San Diego Epiphyllum Society


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