AUBURN — The 55th Annual Maine Iris Society Show will take place from 1:30-4 p.m. June 13 at Auburn Middle School, 38 Falcon Drive. The entrance to the cafeteria where the show is held is in the back of the school.

Irises will be displayed and judged, as both individual flower stalks and interpretive floral arrangements. A display of peony flowers and hosta leaves will also be staged. The show will feature more Siberian irises and later blooming tall bearded irises than in the past few June shows because of warm May weather. Several people’s choice categories will allow attendees to vote on their favorites. Hybridizers in the society will have seedlings of the flowers they have bred. A sale of median iris rhizomes and potted perennials will accompany the show.

The horticultural division will be judged by accredited American Iris Society judges. The best specimen of the show is awarded “Queen of the Show”. The best Siberian Iris will win the 17th annual Currier McEwen award. The best seedling of the show, hybridized by a member, will earn the John White award. There are also awards for members with the most blue ribbons. The flower arrangements will be judged by a team from the Garden Club Federation of Maine. The best design earns the 23rd annual Alice Yates award.

This year’s show is chaired by Peter Young, of Buckfield, and Harriet Robinson, of Otisfield. Many other club members will be working on all aspects of the show. They will be available to answer the public’s questions about growing irises. Admission is free.


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