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AIS 2014 Convention (updated January 9, 2013)
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Welcome
AIS 2014 Convention: Dallas, Texas | April 5-10 2014

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For your convenience and easy reference, some important planning and reference information on the AIS 2014 Convention is organized and provided below:
Convention Hotel Information
Convention Registration/Form
Convention Schedule of Events
Geek Dinner
Convention Site Weather

If you wish you may visit the organizers website:  
Follow this link:  Iris Society of Dallas AIS 2014 Convention website
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2014 convention organizers)

The Iris Society of Dallas welcomes you to attend the 2014 AIS Convention:
Convention dates are from April 5-10, 2014. This is the first time in AIS Convention history that two conventions are being held in back-to-back years in the same place with the same gardens. This will be a unique opportunity to view and evaluate three year old iris clumps - more like the way that they will perform in your garden at home. Additionally please note that the convention will run from Saturday, April 5 to Thursday, April 10, these are different days of the week than the normal of previous AIS conventions. The convention will be featuring guest irises at ten fabulous official convention gardens located in the greater Dallas and northern Texas area.

...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
bearded, spuria, and Louisiana iris.

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,
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 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
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AIS 2014 Convention April 5-10, 2014 in the Dallas, Texas area.

2014 Convention Chair: 
Bonnie Nichols, 3365 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75229
phone: (214) 352-2191 | e-mail: bjnhtn@aol.com

Convention Hotel Information
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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,
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 (1-4 people/room)
Reservations by March 15, 2014 for this special room rate. Request the group rate for the American Iris Society Annual Convention or use the Group Code IR4 to receive the special room rate when booking online through the hotel website.
Complimentary Parking

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

GENERAL DIRECTIONS
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
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2014 Convention Registrar:
Registrar: Dell Perry
800 Purcell Dr. Plano, TX 75025
phone: 972-816-3418 | e-mail: seandelirises@yahoo.com

REGISTRATION DETAILS
Convention Dates: April 5-10, 2014
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 bag and book

Register before February 1, 2014 for discounted full registration rate of $299 for adults and $200 for youth.
From February 1, 2014 through March 15, 2014 full registration is $349 for adults and $250 for youth.
AFTER March 15, 2014 through the convention, full registration is $399 for adults and $300 for youth.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! Please note that Registration Fee does NOT include hotel accommodations.

Requests for refunds on or after March 20, 2014 will be at the discretion of the Convention Committee. NO REFUNDS AFTER APRIL 1, 2014.
Download the REGISTRATION FORM: AIS 2014 Convention Registration Form

All the details/info appears on the form; registration cost/banquet food selection etc..

For more information you may contact:
Bonnie Nichols, Convention Chair at e-mail: bjnhtn@aol.com
Dell Perry, Convention Registrar at e-mail: seandelirises@yahoo.com

REGISTER EARLY!
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

Convention Schedule of Events
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AIS 2014 Convention Schedule - the tentative convention timetable will be available and posted by the event organizers on their website sometime around February 2014.
Follow this link:  Iris Society of Dallas AIS 2014 Convention website
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2014 convention organizers)

Geek Dinner and Auction
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The Geek Dinner for 2014! 15th ANNUAL GEEK DINNER

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)
DATE: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
TIME: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
LOCATION: (see convention booklet for location)
MENU: same as last year
Grilled Chicken Breast on a bed of fresh linguini, Julienne Vegetables, Tossed Garden Salad, Freshly baked rolls and butter, Chef Choice dessert, Coffee, iced tea & water

RSVP: Joanne Prass-Jones
Email: joanne@usjoneses.com
Phone: (510) 795-9723

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

Also, if you have items to donate to the auction, please let John Jones know at: jijones@usjoneses.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)

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

 

 

   
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