SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Monument Valley Iris Society has scheduled their annual spring iris show for May 27-28, at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center a mile north Scottsbluff on Hwy. 71.
We are hoping that’s the best bloom week for the iris. Every year is different. The iris flower is extremely sensitive to early spring temperatures. If temperatures are warm in April and May, the iris bloom early. If the temperatures are cool the iris bloom later. Last year was almost normal. This year seems to be a little early. The late April freezing temperatures were not too bad so we seem to be on schedule. Stan Haas, a member the Monument Valley Iris Society said, we selected the late May date, now we hope the iris cooperate.
If you are looking for an outstanding activity to kick off the weekend, this is it. The iris show is an AIS Region 21 sanctioned event and is free of charge and open to the public.
As usual, Monument Valley Iris Society members will provide most of the exhibits; however, the show is open to any iris grower in the region. There is no charge to exhibit and you don’t have to be a club member to participate. Entries are due at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center between 7:30 and 9:30 Saturday morning May 27th. The show includes both horticultural and artistic divisions. Again this year the iris show will also include an open photographic division as well as the usual artistic arrangements. Show catalogs are available by contacting show co-chairs, Ron Charles at (308) 632-0886) or LeRoy Meininger at (308) 575-0749.
Judging will be conducted between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and the show will be open to public viewing at 1 p.m. Public viewing is encouraged on both Saturday the 27th between 1 and 5 p.m. and Sunday the 28th between 10 and 4 p.m.
The Monument Valley Iris Society will also have iris for sale at the show. The sale iris are from club members gardens and have been donated as a club fund raiser. Many of the sale iris can be viewed at the show or in our display garden and purchased for late