Irises forum: Iris Club suggstions

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unstuck
Feb 28, 2016 5:24 PM CST
Does anyone have suggestions, ideas or advise for a new(er) iris club? Looking for advise for programs, committees, outreach or anything else. We have about 30 members and are basically learning by trial and error. Anything advise or experiences you'd like to share are appreciated. I'm afraid we might be leading into a situation that will lose members due to lack of organization and a couple outspoken members.

Ages of members vary from 25-80. We are doing well with yearly rhizome sales. The rest of the year varies.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Feb 28, 2016 5:40 PM CST
Welcome to the ATP iris forum, Unstuck. The board should be able to set your programs a year in advance. Get input from member of what they like and go from there. Our club has a sign in sheet and after the meeting numbers are called off randomly giving away any door prizes anyone might have brought, garden books, bulbs, rhizomes, etc. This is big on getting members in. Garden tours during bloom season are a must. Even if you go to several small gardens via caravans during one afternoon. Have committees for everything so that no one is overworked. Outside of that anything that an outspoken member says should be taken to the board and considered by them before being put to a vote. That gives everyone a voice and not just the loud one. Good luck and have fun. Anyone taking things too seriously is taking things too seriously. smiles
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 28, 2016 5:57 PM CST
Welcome!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Feb 28, 2016 6:00 PM CST
Welcome! unstuck
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
Region: Oregon Bee Lover Butterflies Daylilies Dragonflies Frogs and Toads
Hummingbirder Irises Organic Gardener
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HighdesertNiki
Feb 28, 2016 6:31 PM CST
Welcome!
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Boxergirl
Feb 28, 2016 6:35 PM CST
Welcome!
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Feb 28, 2016 6:45 PM CST
Welcome!
In our club we have had programs about iris culture and diseases, iris photography, floral design and speakers. We had Ensata Gardens owners do a program on Siberians that was wonderful plus they brought plants! Classification programs help members branch out to other types of irises besides TBs. If youlive near hybridizers invite them to come. Always have some sort of giveaway. Loud mouth curmudeons can ruin a club. There are lots of good power points out there to show or challenge one of your members to produce one. Garden tours even if they are small or just your own members are great. Start a project like a community garden. Good luck!
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener Region: United States of America Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Cuzz4short
Feb 28, 2016 7:00 PM CST
Welcome! Unstuck! These guys are my group so far. I hope you stick with us as well as yours. The visuals, tips, advice are all here!! Group hug
Gimme it and I'll grow it!

Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Feb 28, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Welcome! Unstuck, like everyone else here would say:
welcome and stick around,
the more the merrier,
and we want to see pictures (Bloomtime is right around the corner) Thumbs up
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
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irisarian
Feb 28, 2016 10:46 PM CST
Glad that you are here Unstuck. for garden tours (members?) we find that a few & certainly no more that 3 a day will wear everyone out ☺ Where do you live?
What types of irises grow in your area.
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(Zone 7a)
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arilbred
Feb 29, 2016 4:48 AM CST
Welcome! unstuck
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Feb 29, 2016 7:15 AM CST
Welcome!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Feb 29, 2016 1:51 PM CST
Welcome! Unstuck, Well I spent about 20 minutes typing all kinds of things to help your club get started, and then it all went into cyber space. I was so mad I went and took a nap. I will have to see if I want to do that again some time soon. I just hit the back space bar and bang, the whole thing went away. Angry
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Feb 29, 2016 2:22 PM CST
If I ever have a long response again I think I'm going to write it in a computer program then copy and paste to the thread. Lost too many and it's so frustrating.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Feb 29, 2016 5:36 PM CST
I have done that also. I get up and get some more coffee and do not respond at all. that'll show the computer. ha!
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Feb 29, 2016 5:53 PM CST
I should know better, but I wasn't thinking it would be quite that long. Why does it do that? Do we get timed out or something?
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

unstuck
Feb 29, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Thanks to everyone for welcoming as well as your comments and suggestions. We're learning and just trying to make a club that all members enjoy!

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 29, 2016 6:59 PM CST
Welcome! Unstuck!
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Feb 29, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Tom -- sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason to the internet. Especially *reason*............... Sad
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. ([url=www.tut.com]www.tut.com[/url])
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Feb 29, 2016 11:24 PM CST
Hi Unstuck,
I have a number for a really nice lady who has a slide show on historic iris, if you think your group would be interested in something like that. If you want her info, tree-mail me. Welcome!

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