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AIS Conventions: Calendar/Information
AIS Fall Board Meetings
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Photo: If you attend an AIS Convention, during one of the scheduled convention garden tour visits you may be rewarded with a wondeful view such as this! Lots and lots of irises!

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AIS 2019 Convention Information

The 2019 Convention Committee has set up a website for the 2019 American Iris Society convention.

2019 American Iris Convention Website

The 2019 AIS convention will be held April 23 - 27, 2019 in San Ramon, California. Our convention will feature hundreds of bearded iris as well as beardless iris. For those of you who are hungry to see bearded iris after two years of no bearded iris at the AIS convention, our convention will satisfy those hunger pangs!

Registration is now open! Please see our registration page for more information.

AIS Fall Board Meeting - Each year, the AIS also has a Fall Meeting. AIS business is conducted at these meetings, and there are no garden tours. Most participants are AIS Board members, RVPs, and other office holders. All interested AIS members, however, are welcome and encouraged to go. AIS Board meetings are open to all AIS members.

Other Activities - Many AIS Sections, AIS Regions and local clubs also have garden tours, activities and meetings that you can participate in. For further information and details please contact your local AIS RVP or a local club leader (see Local Iris Societies). These people will be pleased to help you with your iris interest and to connect you with a local iris group.

Interested in hosting an AIS Convention? The AIS has prepared a handbook to be used as a reference guide when considering, planning and producing an AIS Convention. An outline on the hosting of an AIS Fall Board Meeting is also included. Please follow this link to the AIS Documents page to download the AIS Convention Handbook

AIS Conventions: Calendar/Information

AIS 2019 Convention April 23-27, 2019 San Ramon, CA
San Ramon Mariott Hotel
2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583
Hotel room reservations are separate from convention registration! Contact the San Ramon Mariott (925) 867-9200 – ask for the American Iris Society – Apr2019 room rate.
Register here.

AIS/SLI 2018 Convention April 9-14 New Orleans, LA
2018 AIS Convention Chair: Paul W. Gossett
3854 South Cincinnati Avenue Tulsa, OK 74105
phone: (918) 853-6204 | e-mail:

SLI 2018 Convention Co-Chair: Joe Musacchia
509 Linda Ann Avenue, Gray, LA 70359
phone: (985) 209-2917 | e-mail:

2018 Convention Headquarters:
Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel
901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA  70062
phone: (504) 469-5000

2018 Convention Website:

AIS 2019 Convention April 23-27  Northern California
2019 Convention Chair: Shirley Trio-Probst
2701 Fine Road, Modesto, CA  95355
phone: (209) 551-6323 | e-mail:

AIS 2020 Convention  Dates to be announced, Newark, NJ
2020 Convention Chair:

2021 Convention April 12-17 Las Cruces, NM
2021 Convention Co-Chair: Howie Dash
1534 Arco De Goya, Las Cruces, NM 88007
phone:(575)541-4438 |

2021 Convention Co-Chair: Scarlett Ayres
phone: H: 575-382-9613 C: 575-621-0717 e-mail:

AIS Fall Board Meetings

2017 November 3-4  Dallas, Texas
Meeting Chair: Bonnie Nichols, 3365 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX  75229
phone:(214) 352-2191
Meeting Headquarters: Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria Hotel
14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX  75001
(972) 980-8877

2018 November 2-3 Portland, Oregon
Meeting Chair: John Ludi, 35071 SE Hwy 211, Boring, OR 97009
phone:(503) 826-8808
Meeting Headquarters: TBA

2021 November 5-6 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Meeting Chair: Paul W. Gossett, 3854 South Cincinnati Avenue Tulsa, OK 74105
phone:(918) 853-6204
Meeting Headquarters: TBA

AIS Section Conventions Listing
Each year there are a number of mini-conventions held by the various sectional organizations that are affiliated with the AIS. This is a reference listing of those events that has been compiled for your convenience. 

Attention convention organizers: Publicize your event. Please contact us with the information to have your AIS sectional convention listed here. contact via

May 18-20, 2017 | LAFAYETTE, INDIANA

May 18-20, 2017, the Iris Growers of Eastern Indiana, Indiana Daylily and Iris Society, AIS Region 6 and the Median Iris Society will host a Median Iris Mini-Convention. Over three days, we will visit six gardens. The lovely Avon Gardens, which is a commercial garden, will be the lunch stop on one of the days. This garden covers over five acres of beautiful, mature display gardens, which are manicured and maintained to host special events, like weddings. The six iris gardens are all very conveniently located. The longest travel time is approximately one hour. The master planting is at Chuck and Barbara Bunnell's garden. Garden Judges' training will be held in the Bunnell garden. This mini-convention will be anything but mini!

More than 46 hybridizers have sent more than 278 varieties. Workers have planted over 800 rhizomes in the six gardens, four of which are in the Lafayette area. There may be the best collection of MTBs ever...54 cultivars from 21 hybridizers!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing MIS Mini-Convention, please contact Region 6 RVP Barb Bunnell at

Mark your calendars and come see the Medians before the 2017 AIS Convention. It is May 18-20 in Lafayette, Indiana, right before the National AIS Convention in Des Moines, Iowa on May 23-27. It is about a 6-hour drive between the two cities, and with three days between them, there is just enough time to do a little sightseeing between the two events.



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