Our Mission

The purpose of the society shall be to promote an increased interest in all types of iris and the iris in general in the bluegrass area and to encourage and foster the culture and improvement of the iris, and to promote the interest of the youth in our area, the region and the American Iris Society (AIS).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen of Show
entered by Jim & Janet Wilson

Displaying ribbons & trophies
at the 2016 show

This iris arrangement
won a blue ribbon

BGIS News

2016 Show Winners

The BGIS Annual Iris Show was held on May 14, 2016, and we had a great turnout from competitors and the public alike.

With over 110 entries, the show was enjoyed by all, and many people came to admire the prize-winning entries - and scores of them decided to become members of BGIS and AIS!

Here are the winning irises and their proud owners:

 

Best in Show

I. sanguinea 'Kamayama’

Jim & Janet Wilson

1st Runner Up

I. pseudacorus

Mary Lynne Lange

2nd Runner UP

‘Petit Louvoi’

Jim & Janet Wilson

3rd Runner Up

‘Paul Black’

David Cupps

4th Runner Up

'Pink Design'

Mary Lynne Lange

 

 

 

Best Median Bearded Iris

‘Petit Louvois’

Jim & Janet Wilson

Best Miniature Tall Bearded

‘Petit Louvois’

Jim & Janet Wilson

Best Beardless Iris

I. sanguinea 'Kamayama’

Jim & Janet Wilson

Best Historic

‘Princess Beatrice’

Christine Culp

Best Design

"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"

Anna Marie Pavlik

Best White

‘Winterfest’

Mike & Lisa Kuduk

Best Yellow

'Bright Sunshiny Day'

David Cupps

Best Pink

‘Pink Design’

Mary Lynne Lange

Best Blue

'Brussels'

Jim & Janet Wilson

Best Dark

‘Paul Black’

David Cupps

 

Iris Garden at UK Arboretum

Thanks to many volunteers, BGIS installed an iris garden at the UK Arboretum on Alumni Drive in Lexington. Currently featuring over 120 rhizomes, it showcases the work of hybridizers from Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as award-winning irises from across the nation and the world.

Additional cultivars and species are still being solicited, so please contact David if you have some to donate, or if you want to help in the upkeep of the garden. The picture below show the newly-planted garden with some of the hard-working volunteers that installed the plants.