AIS 2014 Convention (updated January 9, 2013)
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the organizers website:
The Iris Society of Dallas welcomes you to attend the 2014 AIS Convention:
...and a few details on the 2014 Convention Gardens:
All the tour gardens have 2014 guest irises. In addition, the Addison, Brown, Burseen, Carver, Clark and Thompson gardens will have the 2013 guest plants.
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 Brown 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 Burseen 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 than 1,000 Tall Bearded irises.
MacGregor Garden. Located in Cleburne, just southwest of Dallas, this planting was done by and is under the care of the members of the Johnson County Iris and Daylily Society.
McDowell Garden. This beautiful rustic rural garden is located in Anna, just north of McKinney. From the iris beds you can often see cows peacefully grazing in the adjacent pastures. They also have an extensive private collection of irises for your enjoyment.
Nichols Garden. Nestled in southeast Dallas County in Mesquite, this is the commercial part of the gardens owned by Hooker and 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.
Perry Garden. Located on a corner lot in Plano, this is the home of Seandel Iris Gardens, named after Dell and her son Seann. She has private beds with over 1100 varieties of Tall and Median Bearded iris, Spuria, Aril and Arilbred, and Louisiana irises and much garden art for you to enjoy. Her garden is also an ARIL SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL display garden.
Thompson Garden. Located northeast of Dallas near Sherman/Dennison, Texas, Don and Janice Thompson have 12 acres, half of which is untouched and wooded. The garden features Historic irises from the late 1800's to 1980's, a pond and about one acre of irises.
2014 Convention Chairperson
AIS 2014 Convention April 5-10, 2014 in the Dallas, Texas area.
2014 Convention Chair:
2014 Convention Hotel: The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort-North Dallas-Addison will be the 2014 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.
2014 Convention Registrar:
Bus transportation to ten gardens.
Register before February 1, 2014 for discounted full registration rate of $299 for adults and $200 for youth.
Requests for refunds on or after March 20, 2014 will be at the discretion of the Convention Committee. NO REFUNDS AFTER APRIL 1, 2014.
All the details/info appears on the form; registration cost/banquet food selection etc..
Convention Schedule of Events
What a great way to have dinner 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.
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, 15th annual Geek Dinner being held during the AIS 2014 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 as soon as possible.
COST: $27.00 (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: TBA (Adobe PDF file)
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