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AIS 2013 Convention (updated February 19 2013)
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AIS 2013 Convention: Dallas, Texas | April 15-20 2013

For your convenience and easy reference, some important information on the 2013 AIS Convention is organized and provided below:
Convention Hotel Information
Convention Registration/Form
Convention Schedule of Events
Extra Event
Geek Dinner
Convention Site Weather
Special Raffle-Iris Quilt

If you wish you may visit the organizers website:  
Follow this link:  Iris Society of Dallas AIS 2013 Convention website
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2013 convention organizers)

The Iris Society of Dallas welcomes you to attend the 2013 AIS Convention - from April 15-20 2013. The convention will be featuring guest irises at eight fabulous official convention gardens located in the greater Dallas and northern Texas area. Additionally two private gardens will be on display; McDowell Garden and Perry Garden.

...and a few details on the 2013 Convention Gardens:

Addison Garden. Located just north and west (and within a 3-minute walking distance) of the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort, this Park features three new separate Iris Gardens (1,100 sq. ft.) containing some 540 of the newest Tall Bearded Irises.

Brown Garden. Located at Lake Texoma, Annette has over 500 bearded, spuria, and Louisiana iris in the convention beds. In her personal garden, she has over 600
bearded, spuria, and Louisiana iris.

Burseen Garden. Located in Grand Prairie, Texas, Tom (TB) grows more than 350 Tall Bearded Irises and features many of his own registered Tall Bearded Irises.

Carver Garden. Iris Hill is a three-acre rocky hill in Weatherford, Texas. They have approximately 600 of their own iris and about 400 convention irises. Their tall bearded,
median, and dwarf iris are planted independently, in alphabetical order.

Clark Garden. Located west of Fort Worth, this Botanical Park showcases the grandeur of nature - Texas style. The 35-acre facility is home to 50 different gardens, including more that 1,000 Tall Bearded Irises.

Dallas Arboretum. Located in far east Dallas, the Arboretum features 66 acres of spectacular display gardens. Your visit will allow you to see a new garden featuring less known Texas Iris hybridizers. Enjoy lunch among incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees, and plant collections in a serene setting on beautiful White Rock Lake.

Nichols Garden. Nestled in southeast Dallas County in Mesquite, this is the commercial part of the gardens owned by Hooker & Bonnie J. Nichols. Attendees will see some 400 guest irises, first-year and re-selected seedlings, and 100s of the newest irises in full bloom.

Thompson Garden. Located northeast of Dallas near Sherman/Dennison, Texas, Don and Janice have 12 acres, half of which is untouched and wooded. The garden features Historic Irises from the late 1800's to 1980's. There is a catfish pond and about one acre of irises.

2013 Convention Chairperson

AIS 2013 Convention April 15-20, Dallas, Texas

2013 Convention Chair: 
Bonnie Nichols, 3365 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75229
phone: (214) 352-2191 | e-mail:

Convention Hotel Information

2013 Convention Hotel: The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort-North Dallas-Addison will be the 2013 AIS National Convention Headquarters.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort-North Dallas-Addison,
14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas 75001 USA
Tel. 972-980-8877; Fax 972-788-2758
Hotel website: Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort website
Reservations: 1-800-377-9778
Room Rate: $99.00 plus taxes (4 people/room)
Ask for “IS3” Room Rate
Complimentary Parking

Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
Distance: 12.0 Miles northwest to Hotel.
DFW International Airport (DFW)
Distance: 17.0 Miles northeast to Hotel.

From I-635 (LBJ Freeway) take the Midway Road exit; go North at stoplight; pass through
light at Spring Valley Rd. Hotel located on left hand side.

Please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee.

 Convention Registration /Form

2013 Convention Registrar:

Registrar: Dell Perry
800 Purcell Dr. Plano, TX 75025
phone: 972-816-3418 | e-mail:

All the details/info appears on the form; registration cost/banquet food selection etc.. Please follow this link for the viewable/printable registration form:
AIS 2013 Convention Registration Form (PDF file)

Convention Dates: April 15-20, 2013 | Location: Dallas, Texas
Full registration fee includes:
• Bus transportation to ten gardens
• AIS flower show
• Over 4,000 guest irises
• Judges Training and lunch at the gardens
• Dinner banquet and awards banquet
• Convention shoulder sling bag
• Register by February 1, 2013 for discounted full registration rate of $299 for adults
and $150 for youth.
**After February 1, 2013 and by March 1, 3013 full registration is $349 for adults and
$200 for youth.
After April 1, 2013 full registration is $399 for adults and $250 for youth.

**Registration update! The registration deadline for the 2013 AIS Convention in Dallas, Texas for Adult $299 and Youth $150 fees has been extended to March 1, 2013. For more information you may contact Bonnie Nichols, Convention Chair at e-mail: or Dell Perry, Convention Registrar at e-mail:

Please note that Registration Fee does not include hotel accommodations. We have arranged a reduced rate for you at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Hotel and Resort (north Dallas near the Galleria), 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas 75001. (Hotel rate $99.00 per night for up to four per room; please mention AIS Convention code “IS3”).

Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch Rose Gardens
Dallas Arboretum
Texas Discovery Gardens
North Park Shopping Center
Museum of Biblical Arts
Brookhaven Country Club Golf Course
Dallas Zoo
Texas Rangers Ballpark
Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium
Six Flags Over Texas

Convention Schedule of Events
AIS 2013 Convention Schedule - the tentative convention timetable will be augmented as the event organizers post new information. (see below)
Follow this direct link: 
Iris Society of Dallas AIS 2013 Convention website-schedule of events
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2013 convention organizers)

Extra Event


The SOCIETY for LOUISIANA IRISES 2013 National Convention

This event will follow the AIS 2013 Convention from April 21, 2013 through to April 23, 2013 at the same hotel, for the same room rates. Come see more gardens, eat more good food, get more training, learn about Louisiana irises, bid on more silent auction items and visit with lots more irisarians.

For details, please click on the following link: 2013 SLI Convention
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2013 convention organizers)

Geek Dinner and Auction
The Geek Dinner for 2013! 14th ANNUAL GEEK DINNER

What a great way to have dinner Friday night for anyone! Have you heard how much fun the Geek Dinner is? Eat with geeks and non-geeks that have learned what a fun time everyone has. You don't have to be a computer person to attend... Just join a bunch of great iris folks for dinner. First, dinner and good conversation among iris friends and then, door prizes and an auction for more entertainment.

After having spent your day getting off the tour bus. rushing around the garden trying not to miss anything...then back on the bus to the next garden to repeat the same thing again...There is no better way to wind down your day than a relaxed evening with friends at the Geek Dinner reviewing all those iris that are now on your "wish list."

First there is meeting with all your friends and making new ones. If you happen to be a subscriber to one of the iris lists or electronic robins, you can meet other members and put faces to all those funny email names. Of course there is a great meal. (see below)

Then the real fun for the night… The Geek Dinner Auction where you get to bid on new iris introductions, gift certificates from commercial iris growers, and iris themed items. The proceeds from the auction go directly into the American Iris Society Electronics Services fund that sponsors such things as the digital projector for slide shows and online AIS Bulletin archives.
Oh and of course some great doorprizes.

Now is the time to make plans for the, 14th annual Geek Dinner being held right in the convention hotel of the 2013 AIS National Spring Convention. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

The tables always fill up fast and unfortunately pre-registration is necessary. PLEASE RSVP to Joanne Prass-Jones by Friday, April 12, 2013.

COST: $26.00 (not included in convention registration)
DATE: Friday, April 19, 2013
TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:00 (of course you can leave the auction at any time)
LOCATION: Convention Hotel (See Convention booklet)
MENU: Grilled Chicken Breast on a bed of fresh linguini
Jukienne Vegetables
Tossed Garden Salad
Freshly baked rolls and butter
Chef Choice dessert
Coffee, iced tea & water)

RSVP: Joanne Prass-Jones
Phone: (510) 795-9723

Make check payable to: Joanne Prass-Jones
(Please include your email address on your check so Joanne can acknowledge your reservation)
Mailing address: 35572 Linda Dr, Fremont, CA 94536

Also, if you have items to donate to the auction, please let John Jones know at: as soon as possible so we can prepare the auction.

If you want to download the complete Geek dinner info and take it with you somewhere; to your iris club meeting, to give to others interested in attending, to bring along to the convention as reference etc.. Here it is: Geek Dinner 2013 info (Adobe PDF file)

Convention Site Weather
Weather is always an important consideration for any event. As a guide, the local existing weather conditions and a detailed weather forecast the following few days are provided by following this link: The Weather Network: Dallas Texas

Special Raffle-Iris Quilt<empty>Tickets for a SPECIAL RAFFLE are available at $5 each or 3 for $10.
Prizes include a beautiful king size quilt made by ISD member Annette Brown.
Contact Bonnie Nichols at to purchase before the convention.
You do not need to be present to win.



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