Iris Society: Region 19
State Iris Society
May 16, 2009
Mt. Holly Rd.
see the Burlington Center website:
Show Chair ‑
Vince Lewonski, 484-682-5900, or
Region 19 of
the American Iris Society (AIS) includes all of New Jersey. The
Garden State Iris Society (GSIS) is the Region's affiliate. This
group holds regular meetings with programs related to all phases
of iris culture. Educational goals are fulfilled through
functions including: garden tours, annual spring show(s), annual
iris rhizome sale(s), and a Fall awards luncheon and
informational presentations. Although participation in the
Region's activities do not require membership, membership in the
AIS is encouraged and will place you on the mailing list for our
colorful and informative bulletins. GSIS only memberships that
will get the newsletter sent to you can also be obtained.
invite you to join the Garden State Iris Society. AIS membership
applications are available at our membership desk or online at:
8:00 AM ‑ 10
:00 AM : Entries preparation and placement. Entries for all
divisions must be made by 10:30.
10:00 AM ‑
11:00 AM : Show clerk or placement committee places entries.
11:00 AM ‑
12:00 PM : Judging. Time is an estimate, and may vary depending
on the number of entries.
12:00 PM ‑ 4:00
PM : Show open to the public.
Entry Rules of the Show
rules and procedures as stated in the current American Iris
Society Handbook for Judges and Show Officials apply and cannot
be violated. Decisions of the judges will be final. The Show
Committee will exercise all appropriate care but cannot be held
responsible for loss and/or damage to entries or other personal
items associated with the show.
The show is
open to the public and there is no charge for exhibitors or
Containers of various sizes will be provided by Region 19 (GSIS)
for the flower stalks for all entries except English Box,
Educational & Commercial Displays.
entries must be accompanied by a properly completed (top &
bottom) entry card. Incorrectly named iris (including spelling)
may lead to disqualification. Assistance and official AIS
registration lists will be available.
Entries may only be placed by the Placement Committee or the
Show Clerk. Unnamed or incorrectly named specimens will be
placed in the Division IV: "UFO: unidentified flowering object"
and may not be considered for Region or AIS awards.
Specimens entered in Division I, III and VI must have been
grown, groomed and entered by the exhibitor. There is no limit
to the number of entries one may make; however, other than
Collections (Section J or K), only one specimen stalk of a
variety may be entered within each appropriate Section or Group.
Exhibitors under age 19 may elect to enter the show as either
"Youth" or "Adult" but not both.
Judges may not enter sections they are judging unless there is
an emergency as determined by the Show Chairperson(s).
Show Chair may combine small sections where entries warrant.
ONE is permitted in the show area once judging begins except the
judges, the clerk(s), any apprentice judges, the Show
Chairperson, and the Awards Chairperson for placement of Special
Awards, Best of Show, and rosettes where applicable at the
completion of judging.
Entries not claimed by the exhibitor will be disposed of at the
discretion of the Show Committee.
rosettes and other awards will be presented. Each specimen can
be awarded ONLY one ribbon. One First (blue), one Second (red),
and one Third (white) place ribbon may be given to each cultivar
in any given section EXCEPT in the Seedling Division. As many
Honorable Mention (pink) ribbons may be awarded as the panel of
judges deems worthy.
As many Blue
Ribbons as merited may be awarded in the Seedling Division.
All of the AIS
rules and guidelines for judging and awards are applicable.
There are some additional requirements for some of the special
American Iris Society Awards
White and Pink Ribbons - Awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable
and Certificate ‑ Most first places in Horticultural Divisions
(minimum 20 cultivars; 5 exhibitors).
and Certificate ‑ Second most first places in Horticultural
Division (min. 20 cultivars; 5 exhibitors).
Certificate ‑ Outstanding educational or commercial iris
Silver Medal and Certificate ‑ Most first places in
Horticultural Divisions (10 cultivars; 2 exhibitors).
Bronze Medal and Certificate ‑ Second most first places in
Horticultural Division (10 cultivars; 2 exhibitors).
Certificate(s): Best in Section [requires minimum five (5)
cultivars by three (3) exhibitors].
of Show Rosette - Selected best offering of advancement or
improvement over introduced cultivars.
of Show Rosette - Best of all first place entries in
Horticulture divisions excluding bulbous, collections, and
Horticultural divisions are Division I, III, and VI.
horticultural divisions, not only are the flower and the stalk
evaluated but also evidence of the entrant's cultural practices,
care and grooming (25%) are seriously considered.
Bulbous iris, collections, and English boxes may count towards
Silver and Bronze awards for most first places and are eligible
for section awards but are not considered for "Best Specimen of
Seedlings are eligible for the Exhibition Certificate but are
not awarded ribbons except for Best Seedling. All AIS judges are
encouraged to submit their vote to the Chairperson for any
seedling worthy of an Exhibition Certificate. Seedling awards
are not counted toward the Silver or Bronze Medal Certificate.
Ballots will be provided at each show.
Judges will not make awards to any exhibit they consider
unworthy. Single entries in a group should not be barred from
consideration for awards simply because they are the lone entry
in that group.
GSIS/Region 19 Awards
Court" awards will include from 2 to 10 of the blue ribbon
entries in the show from Divisions I, III or VI. The number in
the Queen's Court will equal ten percent (10%) of the entries
(minimum of two to maximum of ten (95 or more entries=10 runner
Best in Show
Award ‑ Same requirements as for the AIS Best Specimen.
(sponsored by GSIS)
Specimen Award ‑ Best first place entry in the Novice Division,
with a minimum of 3 entries and 2 exhibitors.
Griner Best Beardless Seedling Award ‑ Awarded to the best
beardless seedling, with at least 3 entries and 2 exhibitors in
the division. (sponsored by Nancy Szmuriga)
REGION 19/GSIS SHOW SCHEDULE
Section A ‑
Tall Bearded (alphabetical order by named variety)
Section B ‑
Other Bearded Iris
Group 1 ‑
Miniature Dwarf Iris
Group 2 ‑
Standard Dwarf Iris
Group 3 ‑
Group 4 ‑
Border Bearded Iris
Group 5 ‑
Miniature Tall Bearded Iris (table)
Group 6 ‑ Any
Section C ‑
Section D ‑
Bulbous Iris (not eligible for Best in Show)
Section E ‑
Species ‑ named or unnamed selections of a single species
originally collected in the wild, or crosses made from a single
Species‑X interspecies crosses; at least one parent iris species
mixed with another parent not of same species; also, hybrids
Section G ‑
Section H ‑
Section I ‑
Other: Spuria, Aril, Aril‑Bred and any iris not listed above.
This will include Historic irises. The date of introduction of a
Historic iris must appear on the entry tag, as well as its
groups will be formed if number of entries so merit.
Section J ‑
Collections: 3 specimen stalks
Group 1: same cultivar
Group 2: three different cultivars from same Section (or "group"
in Section B)
groups (ex. bearded, beardless if number of entries so merit)
Section K ‑
furnish their own box. Exhibits will contain 3, 6, or 12
individual blooms, all properly labeled in a water box; one
classification per box. They will be judged on overall beauty,
color combination, cultural perfection, condition and grooming
and conformance to schedule. Contact the show chairperson for
Division II ‑
(not introduced to commerce) must be labeled with seedling
number or registered name. Every seedling must be entered in the
name of its originator, whether or not he/she is the exhibitor.
Entry stock should be cut at base and not be groomed except for
removal of dirt and pests.
Division III ‑
Section A ‑
Under age 19 ‑ Any AIS registered and introduced Iris specimen
Society regulations specify that Youth Division medals will be
awarded only when there is a minimum of:
A youth may
enter either the youth division or the regular division, but
never both in the same show. Region #19 will provide additional
youth awards including a first time youth membership in AIS for
interested entrants with parental approval.
Division IV ‑
Unidentified Flowering Objects (UFOs)
Committee cannot identify your iris for you, but it may be
entered in the UFO category. Not eligible for Queen's table or
Educational & Commercial Displays
exhibitors will be assigned a space for making a display of
educational or commercial materials. Please contact the Show
Chairperson in advance to reserve a space. All exhibits must be
relevant to the use and/or contribution of iris to horticulture, the
arts, or any other related area. Such displays should be effective
channels of communication with the general public. Such a display is
eligible for the Bronze Medal Certificate from the A.I.S.
Division VI ‑
If you are entering
iris for the first time or have never won a blue ribbon at an iris
show, you may enter this division for a Region award. You must enter
a groomed, AIS named iris and designate the appropriate Section and
group (See horticultural division I). Inform the show chair in
advance of placement so that your entry may be appropriately
inquiries, please contact any show officials or officers of the
Garden State Iris Society.
and membership forms can also be found on the web pages.
The web page for
the American Iris Society is http://www.irises.org
The web page for
Region 19, Garden State Iris Society is