Welcome to the official Iris Society of Dallas (ISD) Website

Come join us for a year of exciting programs and events centered around our favorite flower - the IRIS. See our activities posted below.

We will have potted iris for sale at our Show on April 23, 2016 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, on the west side of Marsh Lane between Forest and Northaven.  Pictures will be posted closer to event date.

Stay tuned for pictures and dates for our Fall sales.

The IrisWIKI also has many informative articles on types or irises, hybridizer bios and other iris information as well as a link to the American Iris Society.

If you are looking for a picture and description of an iris you bought previously or may be interested it,  please go to The American Iris Society and select Iris Encyclopedia or click this direct link, Iris WIKI  to find them by name.
     Click on Search Iris Database, then on WebSearchAdvanced.
     Check the boxes for Topic Title and All Public Webs next to SEARCH WHERE.
     This sets the parameters for all the searches you do during the current session.
     Unfortunately, those settings cannot be saved, and you must reset them each time you enter the site. 
     Enter the name of the iris you are looking for in the SEARCH box and click the SEARCH button.  
         The search is not case sensitive, but it does require proper spelling.
         Punctuation is not allowed - Dillon's Parka should be entered as Dillons Parka.
         Partial name searches are allowed, and all iris names containing the entered words will be listed.
         Click on the name you are looking for and the full desctiption and pictures, if any, will display.
         Click on a picture to bring up a larger view.
     To do another search, use your browser's "back" function to back up through the pages until you see the
     SEARCH box page again.  Enter the new name and repeat the above.  

Activities for 2016

"Meetings & Programs" are generally on the third Sunday at 3:00 p.m., at North Haven Gardens.  Refreshments served.  "North Haven Gardens" is located at 7700 Northaven Rd., which is two blocks west of North Central Expressway and about 1/2 mile south of Forest Lane.  See them at  http://www.nhg.com/

The club meets each month of the year.  Our April meeting is our IRIS SHOW. The December "meeting" is our Winter Holiday Party.

February 21
3:00 PM
Novelty Iris
President of the Novelty Iris Society, Bonnie Nichols, will tell us all about those irises that are referred to as "novelty". These include:
Space Age irises - those with additional petaloids at the end of the beards which can be horns, flounces, tatters or pompoms
Broken Color irises - ones where it looks like a mad artist splattered the blooms with another color creating no two blooms alike
Flatties - irises with 6 falls and no standards that lay flat like a saucer
Multipetal irises - those having more than the normal 3 standards and 3 falls
Variegated foliage - irises with leaves streaked either white, yellow or purple, and purple based foliage (PBF) - where at least the base of the stalk is shaded purple
North Haven Gardens
7700 Northaven Rd
Dallas, TX
March 20
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Addison Display Garden Workday
ISD maintains the Addison Display garden as a place for people to see new iris varieties amd for iris judges to visit and train. The March meeting is a workday to get the garden ready for bloom and visitors in April and May. Please bring your own tools, gloves, hats, and sunscreen. This "work" can be loads of fun when you are in good company. Visitors are welcome to come help.
Addison Display Garden on the North side of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Midway, next to the dog park. If you are unfamiliar with the location, please call Dell Perry 972-816-3418 or Bonnie Nichols 214-676-9892 for directions as there is no street address.
Dell Perry seandelirises@yahoo.com or Bonnie Nichols bjnhtn@aol.com
April 19 -20, 2016
Buses leave at 7:30 AM Return no later than 4:30 PM
Spring Garden Bus Tour
This year's tour will include a few new gardens and a few that were on last year's tour.
Tickets are $65 for both days, and include lunches. If you want to go only one day, the fee is $35 (includes lunch) - But we will need to match you up with someone wanting to go the other day. Bonnie Nichols is handling the pairing, so please contact her - 214-676-9892.

Day 1 - April 19th - we will be travelling south and visiting gardens new to our tour - the gardens of Bobbie Mason in Red Oak, Ron Burseen (Tom Burseen's brother) in Venus and Ed Stegemoller in Ennis.

Day 2 - April 20th - we will stay close in with visits to some of the gardens we also visited last year - the gardens of Dell Perry (Seandel Iris Gardens) in Plano, Mike Reed (the ISD President) in Farmers Branch, Hooker and Bonnie Nichols home garden on Dallas, and time permitting, the Addison Display Garden in Addison.

There will be some in-garden training for anyone interested at one or more of the gardens. Details are still being worked out. This training is geared for American Iris Society judges and judge candidates, but anyone interested in learning about evaluating irises is welcome to attend.

Buses leave from the Holy Cross Lutheran Church north parking lot.
Church address: 11425 Marsh lane Dallas, TX 75229
Bonnie Nichols - bjnhtn@aol.com
April 23
1:00 PM until 4:00 PM (open to the public - no charge)
Our annual iris show is open to anyone growing irises to enter. Entries will be accepted from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. Help for first time showers will be available. The show floor will be closed from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm for judging. The show will then be open to the public from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Many people think purple, yellow and white when they think of irises. An iris show is a great way to see new and different irises. You will be amazed at the colors, forms and types of irises you will see at the show.
Meet our club members who can answer your iris questions.
Make a list of the irises you'd like for your garden, then come to our Fall sale.
We will have a variety of potted irises for sale. Click on the link below to see them.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
11425 Marsh Lane Between Forest and Northaven on the west side)
Dallas, TX 75229

More ISD Information

For more information about the Iris Society of Dallas please email us at info@irises-dallas.org