A lot of great things happened for OTIS members in 2015: Will Plotner gave a super program on species irises; Jeanette Graham flew in from Idaho to tell us how to take first rate iris photos; Paul Black gave a preview of the iris enhancements he’s developing; Patrick Spence conducted judges training on Japanese irises, including evaluation of some of his JI seedlings; the AIS held its convention in our backyard, featuring tours of many OTIS members’ gardens; Susan Schouten received her first AIS photo contest award; irises introduced by several OTIS members won AIS awards, including Keith Keppel, who won the coveted Dykes Medal for ‘Gypsy Lord’. What a year!
What’s in store for OTIS next year? Well, how many 6-time Dykes Medal winners do you know that conduct judges training in their seedling field? That’s right. On May 14, Keith Keppel is going to teach us how he evaluates TB seedlings, and then he is going to evaluate our evaluations of his seedlings. This is a special treat. In addition, OTIS will have an iris show May 7, featuring artistic iris arrangements by Capitol Arrangers. Other programs scheduled include Hybridizer Show & Tell and Susan Schouten on nursery inspections—good stuff all around.
We are the Oregon Trail Iris Society and we meet monthly in the Salem area. Each meeting has a new and fun topic. You don’t need to be a member to join us.