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This year HIPS will be changing the way we run our annual rhizome sale.  We believe these changes will enable you to get the rhizomes you ordered from our sale without waiting and wondering if they are really going to be available in that package you get late in the season.

We are also requesting rhizome donations. The Rhizome Sale is our only major fundraiser. It supports our website, our twice yearly journal ROOTS, and helps promote the programs we know are critical for the protection and preservation of our historic iris. We count on our iris gardener friends to be generous with their contributions of extra rhizomes. Unlike in previous years, you do NOT have to guess what you might have available in the middle of Winter. You will be able to determine in June what you will be able to donate.

Many of our members enjoy NOIDS too, so we would welcome donations of these iris for which you

Our Iris ID Committee has been tasked with evaluating every new iris photo that has been posted in our Iris Gallery. Since in most cases the hybridizers of these historics are no longer available to ascertain that a photo is actually of the stated iris, the mission of the ID Committee is to determine if such photos are indeed correct and to what degree of accuracy. It should be noted here again, that the Committee is dedicated to making a decision as close as can possibly be determined for each iris, with all and any tools available. A determination of 100% accuracy will probably never be available without a hybridizer’s blessing, so we can merely approach with greater degrees of accuracy, a decision on each iris presented to us.

It is here you will find the results of each iris evaluation, as well as ‘why’, ‘who’, and ‘how’ a determination has been made. Please feel

HIPS is in the process of assembling an ID Committee which will include representatives with ‘expertise’ or familiarity for each of the classes of iris and is seeking candidates and/or referrals for potential candidates . Ideally, we would like to have teams for each class who could debate the identities of iris varieties submitted for identification. Most classes of iris have less than 2000 introductions of which half are likely extinct and in some classes, up to 80%. TB and SDB are the two largest classes, 38,000+ and 5000, respectively and for those classes several teams will be necessary. Individuals who have collections focused on a particular class, hybridizer or color pattern (amoenas, plicatas, luminatas, etc.) would be a great asset to the ID Committee. A lot of experience identifying iris is not a requirement. Please contact Charles Carver: or (360)-376-6109.

The 2016 American Iris Society Convention will be held in Newark, NJ, near the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.  A number of garden tours, workshops, speakers, and other activities are being planned.  The HIPS Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 25th at the convention.  We’ve posted the AIS Convention flyer and the Convention Registration form here on the website.  Please take a look, and we hope to see you there!

Vetting Gallery Images

We consider that part of our mission at HIPS is to provide you with the most accurate identification of the iris cultivars presented in our gallery. Because the historic irises we love are 30+ years old, and many much older, that task becomes more difficult with the passing of time.  Those who hybridized the earlier iris are in many cases long gone, and along with the descriptions, an occasional faded photos or artist’s depiction, we only have provenance to guide us.

So that we do not provide inaccurate information, we are particularly careful with the vetting of of any iris photo that gets placed in our gallery. In some cases identification is virtually impossible based upon the scant traces from the past that we have at our disposal.

Because this is such an important job, HIPS has appointed Charlie Carver Chairman of the ID Committee, who will lead a team of ID

M. Alain Mermier has given us permission to link to his wonderful and very unique site. He collects old fashioned post cards which feature iris , and has more than 3600 different postcards to browse! If you enjoy viewing antique iris depictions this is a must-see site. I hope you enjoy it.

Alain Mermier Iris Blog

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