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   Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events 2018  (updated May 14, 2018)
Further CIS and CIS affiliate events will be posted here as they are received. Dates, times and location to be supplied and confirmed by organizers. To have your information or events listed, provide details and contact us via e-mail at cdniris@gmail.com

Events 2018
Open Gardens 2018
Iris Conventions

We encourage the formation of CIS/AIS affiliated local iris clubs and groups and you may list your events here. Get some iris gardening friends together, name your club and join the CIS. Create your own local iris sales, shows and other iris events. Have fun! Even if you are just trying to start a club you could post the contact info here for interested people in your area to refer to.

Information on CIS individual membership and CIS group affiliation may be found in the Membership area of the CIS website.

Events 2018

photos: TB iris BLAZING BEACON (Tasco 2005) |   TB iris SEA POWER (Keppel 1999)

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Southern Ontario Iris Society (SOIS) Iris Show
Presents: 3rd Annual Iris Show
Time: 2:00p.m. through 4:00p.m.
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario
Free admission to the iris show. Your attendance is welcomed.
Show takes place within the RBG, there may be an entrance fee to enter the RBG.
Setup 9.00 – 10.55 / Judging 11.00 – 1.00 / Open to Public 2.00 – 4.00
Download: 2018 SOIS Show Schedule
Event contacts:
Chair: Ed Jowett | jowettfarm@copper.net

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Southern Ontario Iris Society (SOIS) Iris Sale (CIS affiliate group)
We welcome you to attend our sale. Come out, say hello and pick up some really excellent high quality irises at this event. The plants on offer are only American Iris Society (AIS) registered and named iris cultivars. Ask us about the iris that are for sale or feel free to ask iris growing questions and we'll be glad to advise and help.

The SOIS Iris Sale is held as a fund raiser and the sale is open to the public. The SOIS relies on the generous donations from members of registered AIS iris varieties for this sale. Please ensure that the iris brought for the sale/exchange/trade are correctly named AIS registered iris cultivars only please. Donations of sale iris are gladly received. Your support is appreciated. The sale info plus a short informative article on how to dig, prepare and donate irises for the sale is available here:
CIS 2018 Sale Info + Irises Needed! (full event info + rhizome request info) pdf icon (Adobe PDF file) * item to be available later
CIS 2018 Annual Iris Sale flyer (event promotion item) pdf icom (Adobe PDF file) *item to be available later

Time: Sale set-up from 10:00am (the receiving and sorting and pricing of the sale iris)
The exchange/trade is from 12:30 to 1:00pm (this part is for CIS members only)
The public sale starts at 1:00pm
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario
contact: Ed Jowett | e-mail:jowettfarm@copper.net | telephone: 905-936-9941

August 2018 (exact date to be confirmed)
London Region Annual Iris Sale
(CIS affiliate group)
...a nice assortment of AIS named variety irises at very reasonable prices, come early for the best selection!
time to be confirmed
to be confirmed
contact: Ken Viner | telephone: 519-660-0313 | e-mail: kenviner@sympatico.ca


Open Gardens 2018 

Canadian Iris Society members invite you to visit the following Iris gardens across Canada during the iris bloom season (May-June). The listings below are organized by province. Additional listing submissions are welcome! Some of the gardens listed below are commercial, and others are private gardens. In almost all cases please call ahead to arrange and confirm the visiting times.

Go to gardens in the following areas of Canada:
Prairie provinces-Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Alberta
British Columbia


Alvinston, Ontario
Garden Owner M Berdan, RR #7, 4162 Old Walnut Road.
Phone: 519-847-5242, Fax 519-847-5942.
website: www.walnutgardens.ca
Open Tuesday to Saturday (usually closed on Sundays). There are weekend open houses during peak bloom periods. See the website for details.
Turn off 402 Highway (London to Sarnia) at Watford exchange (#44), go south on Lambton # 79 through Watford to Petrolia Line (Lambton # 4) [ about 8 miles]. Turn right onto Petrolia Line and go west for 1 mile. Turn left on Old Walnut Road.

Ancaster/Brantford, Ontario
Garden Owner - Trails End Iris Gardens - Bob and Ann Granatier, 3674 Indian Trail, between Hamilton and Brantford.
phone: (519) 647-9746 or e-mail: trailsendirises@sympatico.ca
website: www.trailsendiris.com
Open 9:00am to 5:00pm weekends mid-May mid-June, through the week by appointment.

Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Rural Roots Gardens (formerly Cedar Ridge Gardens) at 2369 County Rd. 36 (Hwy 36, between Dunsford and Bobcaygeon at Scotch Line Rd.)
e-mail: rrgardens@nexicom.net
phone: (705) 793-1332 or (705) 928-7668
website: www.cedarridgegardens.com

Burlington, Ontario
Iris and Peony Celebration-Laking Garden
The Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario
website: www.rbg.ca
Early June. Make a visit to RBG gardens part of your family day. Step into the waist-high bearded irises and have your senses dazzled with wild colour combinations. Explore the peony collection, perennial borders, the Barbara Laking Heritage Garden and the hosta walk. There is an admission fee to the RBG.

Guelph/Eramosa area, Ontario
Garden Owner - Chuck Chapman Iris - Chuck Chapman, 8790 Wellington Rd.124, located between Guelph and Erin.
phone: (519) 856-4424, or e-mail: chuck@chapmaniris.com 
website: www.chapmaniris.com
Open houses scheduled through the peak iris bloom season during May and June. See the website for details.

Mississauga, Ontario
Garden Owner - Erin Mills Iris Garden - Chris Hollinshead, 3070 Windwood Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
phone: 905-567-8545   e-mail: erin-mills@rogers.com
2010 website coming soon. Collection of SDB iris, TB iris, and Siberian irises
Call ahead to set up visit and verify iris bloom status. iris bloom time is normally mid May through mid June

Tottenham/Barrie area, Ontario
Garden owner - Ed Jowett, 1960 Side Road 15, off Hwy 9
Call to check for bloom 905-936-9941
Open weekends May 20 until July 31 through the week by appointment

London, Ontario
Garden Owner - Don McQueen, 38 Lloyd Manor Crescent (in north west London)
The iris garden of Don McQueen of London, Ontario is open for visits throughout the season on weekends, and during the week by appointment. Send an e-mail to ddmcqueen@rogers.com  for week-day confirmation and/or directions. In this garden the SDB peak during the first week of May; the IBs mid-May and the TB the last week of May/first week of June.

Prairie provinces-Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Alberta:

Brandon, Manitoba
Garden Owner - Barbara-Jean (BJ) Jackson.
(204)-761-3973 (Cell) or E-mail: jacksonb@mts.net  or jacksonb@brandonu.ca
Any time during the iris season (late May to early July).
Please call or email if you are planning to be in the area for details and to ensure someone is there to greet you.

Beausejour, Manitoba
Beausejour Daylily Gardens located in the town of  Beausejour, Manitoba, 46 km north-east of Winnipeg. This two-acre community garden has something blooming from spring to snowfall. The Beausejour Daylily Gardens is the only American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) Display Garden on the prairies. It is also home to the most amazing collection of iris and peonies. June iris, peonies, lilac, and cherry blossoms. July - lilies, delphiniums, and daylilies.  August daylilies, mums, picnic site, lawn checkers, bocce, and tourist information.  website: www.townofbeausejour.com
Our goal is to become an official iris display garden. Currently this is a Zone 2b American Hemerocallis Society display garden and Canadian Hemerocallis Society display garden.

Ste Anne, Manitoba
Garden Owner - Eleanor Hutchison
e-mail: eleanore@mts.net
Date and time TBA.
Email for directions and other details. Also, to verify there is bloom. Specialty is miniature and dwarf bearded irises, with over 400 different varieties.

British Columbia:

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Garden Owner - Baker's Gardens, Ted and Sonja Baker, 185 Furness Road.
(250)-653-4430 or e-mail: tedebaker@canada.com
OPEN each Friday and Saturday in May and the first weekend in June from 10:00 am to dark. Also, any time of year by appointment. Early in May, Rhodos and Median iris are at their best and later in May and early June the Tall Bearded and Siberians are blooming. (Note: a tour of three or four Salt Spring gardens can be arranged if given two weeks notice).

Iris Conventions

American Iris Society (AIS) Conventions:

AIS 2018 Convention April 8-27, New Orleans, Louisiana

The latest details of these conventions may be found at the AIS website www.irises.org Click 'News'