AIS 2013 Convention (updated February 19 2013)
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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
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,
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:
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,
Please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee.
2013 Convention Registrar:
Registrar: Dell Perry
All the details/info appears on the form; registration cost/banquet food selection
etc.. Please follow this link for
the viewable/printable registration form:
**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: email@example.com or Dell Perry, Convention Registrar at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention Schedule of Events
OPTIMIZE YOUR TRIP TO DALLAS!
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
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.
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)
RSVP: Joanne Prass-Jones
Make check payable to: Joanne Prass-Jones
Also, if you have items to donate to the auction, please let John Jones know at: email@example.com 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
Special Raffle-Iris QuiltTickets for a SPECIAL RAFFLE are available at $5 each or 3 for $10.
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