By Carol Stocker
If you love irises, visit the Iris Society of Massachusetts' spring iris show on Monday, May 28, 2012 (Memorial Day) at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St., Concord, MA (see it on Google Maps at this link: http://g.co/maps/bjr2v)
The theme of this year's show is "Hats Off to Irises" with hats decorating the show tables and hat-themed arrangements. The show will be open to the public (for free) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be arrangements, an exhibit of companion plants, an information table, a popularity poll for visitors to vote for their favorite iris flowers, and potted iris plants and bare-root rhizomes for sale. You might find something unusual.
The competition will include the Horticultural Division (individual stalks of named irises, judged by accredited AIS judges), the Youth Horticulture Division (for exhibitors under 19), the Seedling Division (unintroduced irises of any type), an Educational Exhibit, the Design Division (arrangements featuring irises on hat-related themes in several classes, to be judged by accredited Garden Club Federation judges) or the Companion Plants Division (cut flowers, cut foliage or entire plants, to be judged by popular vote of the visitors). To download the full show schedule (PDF), visit http://www.massirises.org/pdfs/ISMShowSchedule2012.pdf
Entries will be accepted between 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Judging is from 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, at which point the show opens to the public.