May 18 2017 - May 20 2017
May 18-20, 2017, the Iris Growers of Eastern Indiana, Indiana Daylily and Iris Society, AIS Region 6 and the Median Iris Society will host a Median Iris Mini-Convention.
Over three days, we will visit six gardens. The lovely Avon Gardens, which is a commercial garden, will be the lunch stop on one of the days. This garden covers over five acres of beautiful, mature display gardens, which are manicured and maintained to host special events, like weddings. The six iris gardens are all very conveniently located. The longest travel time is approximately one hour. The master planting is at Chuck and Barbara Bunnell’s garden. Garden Judges’ training will be held in the Bunnell garden.
This mini-convention will be anything but mini! More than 46 hybridizers have sent more than 278 varieties. Workers have planted over 800 rhizomes in the six gardens, four of which are in the Lafayette area. There may be the best collection of MTBs ever… 54 cultivars from 21 hybridizers!
The Courtyard Marriott in Lafayette, IN will be the convention center for the MIS Convention. It’s a brand new hotel and Conference Center with great amenities and warm hospitality. It is close to Purdue Research Park, Purdue University, shopping and entertainment. Each guest room features wireless internet, luxurious bedding, a large work desk, sitting area, 32-inch TV, weekday newspaper and individually controlled heating and air-conditioning. Other hotel amenities include a 24-hour food market and restaurant serving breakfast and light dinner. MIS will have the ballroom and two adjoining meeting rooms as well as at a good price on rooms.
There will be many exciting elements at this MIS convention other than the fabulous tour gardens, fun people and food. A judges training presented by Linda Miller will be an amazing event. For your enjoyment there will be a Silent Auction full of fantastic items for you to bid on. There will be a fun advance ticket dinner that will be like nothing else you have ever attended. It won’t be just food… but all kinds of games and opportunities to secure new median iris! In the middle of May, Lafayette is a hullabaloo of people and getting into a restaurant for dinner will drive you crazy. So our hosts have arranged to feed your mind, soul and body on Friday night. And to top it all off…. there will be an auction of median iris. The convention committee will compose a mix of five median irises seen in the tour gardens (some 2017 intros) and these will be auctioned off on Saturday night! Of course a convention wouldn’t be complete without a great awards banquet!
Visit the convention website to download a registration form… www.medianiris.com/mis_conventions.html
Visit the hotel website at… www.courtyardlafayette.com