American Iris Society Regions-Canada Information (updated
February 6 2012)
The American Iris Society
(AIS) now functions within Canada under four AIS Regions. Previously the AIS had just one region covering all of Canada, AIS region 16. The Canadian Iris
Society (CIS) provides this area on the
accordance with its Mission Statement: The Canadian Iris Society
(CIS) is a non-profit organization with the objective to encourage,
improve and extend the cultivation of the genus iris and to collaborate
with other societies for this purpose. AIS information may be posted
here as it is available or provided.
The AIS designates a Region Vice President (RVP) for each area; the current RVP
information for each of the regions may be found on the listing at the AIS website.
comprehensive information booklet on the RVP requirements and duties is
also available at the AIS website: www.irises.org
of November 6 2010 the various AIS Regions are aligned within Canada are as follows:
REGION 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
REGION 2: New York, Ontario, Quebec
REGION 13: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon
REGION 21: Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, NWT, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
Current details of the various RVPs and affiliated local iris clubs/societies of the various AIS Regions are available on the AIS website: www.irises.org
AIS/Canada Judges for 2012 (February 2012)
item submitted by Christopher Hollinshead (ex-AIS RVP Region 16
The updated 2012 AIS Judges listing is now available.
Approved AIS Judges for 2012 (Adobe PDF file size 32k)
This is a full listing of all approved registered AIS Judges for 2012.
The Canadian judges are found distributed through the various associated AIS Regions that are aligned within Canada; that is Regions 1-2-13-21. The AIS regional judges training chairs are listed here as well along with their contact information.
AIS Judges listing is compiled by Judy Keisling, AIS Judges Training Chair.
AIS Judges training classes provide an opportunity for judges and those interested in irises to learn more about them and how to evaluate them based on the guidelines set out by the AIS Handbook for Judges and Show Officials. AIS Judges training is made available throughout each year at the affiliate, regional and national levels of the American Iris Society (AIS).
2012 Convention (February 2012)
item submitted by Christopher Hollinshead (ex-AIS RVP Region 16
The AIS 2012 Convention is coming up. Everyone is now looking forward to
the next AIS Convention in California. The details including
a registration form are conveniently provided on the AIS website for you
to make your plans well ahead of time.
The AIS Region 15 group is hosting the 2012 AIS Convention - Cali-Zona Gold
They welcome you to attend. The convention will take place April 16-21 2012 in
Ontario, California with visits to official iris tour gardens in the
surrounding area. Ontario, California is located just outside Los Angeles.
The convention will be featuring guest irises at four fabulous gardens located in the southern California area. The gardens are:
The Huntington Botanical Gardens: More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen principal garden areas in this famous garden. An iris garden has been planted for the AIS National Convention featuring guest irises from notable hybridizers.The Huntington Gardens has a guest iris planting of about 450 iris.
Stanton Iris Gardens: Located in Valley Center, Alex and Kitty Stanton of Stanton Iris Gardens grow over four acres of iris cultivars including new introductions from Kerr, Keppel, Ghio, Blyth and Lauer and many reblooming iris varieties. Stanton Iris Gardens is one of the two Guest Iris Master plantings. The 949 guest iris include Tall Bearded, Intermediate Bearded, Border Bearded, Standard Dwarf Bearded, Aril and Aril Bred Iris, and Spuria iris. There will be a Blind Iris Judging in the Stanton Iris Garden.
Herb & Sara Holk Memorial Garden: Located in the Jurupa Mts. Discovery Center. The Holk Memory Garden was established in 2005 and hosted the 2007 Region 15 Spring Trek. Along with the guest iris garden there other beautiful areas to explore: a rose garden, gazebo, a cactus and succulent garden and a patagonia garden.The Holk Memorial Garden has a guest iris planting of about 500 iris. It also has a Louisiana iris area.
Mystic Lake Gardens: Well known for their dedication to growing reblooming irises, Carole and Paul Buchheim established Mystic Lake Gardens in Nuevo, California and grow over 2000 different iris cultivars. Mystic Lake Gardens is one of the two Guest Iris Master plantings. The 949 guest iris include Tall Bearded, Intermediate Bearded, Border Bearded, Standard Dwarf Bearded, Aril and Aril Bred Iris, and Spuria iris.
Region 15 is part of the American Iris Society (AIS). The region held its first meeting on April 22, 1939. The American Iris Society Board of Directors designated AIS Region 15 as comprised of Southern California and Arizona. The varied climates provide the region with tremendous potential for hybridizers and commercial growers as well as those who simply enjoy growing irises.
AIS Region 15 currently has 11 affiliates in Southern California and Arizona. The Region and its affiliates provide education and support to local communities through programs on the care of irises, public shows and judges training sessions. The region conducts annual Spring and Fall Treks that provide a variety of programs and judges training sessions that are open to the general public. The Spring Trek includes tours of the gardens of club members to view the newer irises during bloom season.
Follow the direct links provided below for
all the important details of the 2012 event.
AIS website: AIS
2012 Convention information
Organizing group website: Cali-Zona AIS 2012 Convention
photo: TB iris Cali-Zona Gold a 2012 iris introduction by hybridizer Margie Valenzuela is the namesake iris of the 2012 convention.
Interested in becoming an AIS Judge?
The AIS (American Iris Society) has set forth the criteria
for becoming a sanctioned iris judge in North America. In fact, people
who are AIS Judges are the most important officials of the American Iris
Society, and as such have both rights and responsibilities beyond those
of the regular membership.
It is strongly advised to obtain the Handbook for Judges and Show
Officials available from the AIS. It's an outstanding publication and
readily obtained for $15 USD.
Go to the AIS Storefront on the AIS website to purchase the handbook. It
doesn’t have a lot of pictures, but it does explain in detail all the
functions, regulations and responsibilities of AIS iris
AIS website: www.irises.org
There are multiple levels of
judges. The titles are:
M Master (15 uninterrupted years as a garden/exhibition judge)
E Emeritus (awarded by the AIS Board of Directors).
G/E Garden Exhibition
Here are the immediate requirements as taken from the AIS handbook:
BECOME A STUDENT:
The AIS Handbook doesn’t really describe
how to become a student… because it is so simple. Just attend the
classroom sessions for credit. Sign the attendance sheets. Write the
test. You are a student!
Get the local iris society to put you in touch with the AIS Regional
Vice-President (or look up on the various iris websites). Canada is
designated as various AIS Regions depending on your province, to check your AIS Region and contact information please go to the AIS website located at
BECOME AN APPRENTICE:
1. You can be a student judge and not be a
member of the AIS, but you cannot move up the ranks. If you take the
classroom training, you will certainly become more knowledgeable about
irises, but that’s all.
In other words, you must be a member of the American Iris Society for
three years before you are eligible to become an apprentice. Remember,
you will be an important official of the AIS, therefore you really have
to be a member too.
2. Attend the classroom judging schools. Everyone is welcome.
Join these classes at iris conventions, at annual general meetings, or
at special weekends set aside for judges’ training schools (late winter,
early spring). You need 10 hours of classroom training before you can
become an apprentice. These credits are good for three-four years.
In order to pass the course, you must fill out the attendance form and
complete a written exam.
3. Have five accredited judges recommend you to move up the ranks.
You will get to know the instructors during classroom training.
Ten hours of classroom training sounds like a lot. It's not. There are
over 14 separate iris classes alone. You could take ten hours and still
not touch the non-bearded iris (such as the Siberians).
The RVP will be following up and inquiring if you want to move up in the
ranks once they are aware you have completed the requirements to become
an apprentice judge. If you agree, then your name will be presented to
the AIS as an apprentice for the next calendar year. Your name will be
listed in the AIS Bulletin as an apprentice judge in the January
bulletin, and the clock starts ticking. You have three years to complete
the following requirements.
TO BECOME AN ACCREDITED GARDEN/EXHIBITION JUDGE:
1. Attend the classroom judging schools.
Yes, once again; a minimum of 2 hours of classroom training are
required, including tests, one of which must be 'Awards and Ballots'.
You guessed it, that session lasts two hours, including the test.
2. Complete the garden training schools. These are two 2 hour sessions
of training in the garden with two different AIS accredited judges...
and ensure they give you an exam. Talk to your judging friends, they
should be flattered.
3. Complete the show judging schools under two different AIS accredited
judges; each class lasting two hours - this generally means two shows.
Again, they should give you an exam.
4. Complete an activity report for each year. The RVP will send all
judges a blank report that they must fill out; and student judges should
fill them out as well.
5. Remain a member of the AIS. See the AIS website and follow the
I find that obtaining training for show judging is probably the more
difficult fulfillment as there are far fewer opportunities to attend
shows than any other activity.
TO REMAIN A GARDEN/EXHIBITION JUDGE:
1. REMAIN AN AIS MEMBER!
2. VOTE THE BALLOT!
3. RETURN YOUR ACTIVITY REPORT!
4. Keep taking classes… or give them. You need three hours of classroom
training every three years and two hours of garden training. (These above are not optional, they are requirements to remain an accredited AIS judge)