ABOUT THE IRIS SOCIETY OF MASSACHUSETTS
The Iris Society of Massachusetts (ISM) is friendly, exciting, sociable and educational. We are a group of people who love irises of all types and sizes. We are novices and veterans of many years. We live in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont (with a few members planted in other states and even other countries). We are apartment dwellers, suburbanites, country gardeners and commercial growers.
When irises are blooming in New England, from late April to July, ISM sponsors shows and tours of members’ gardens. We hold sales and auctions in the summer where modern hybrids are available at bargain prices. We publish a newsletter two times a year and meet three or four times a year on weekends to discuss iris culture and gardening, to see slides of new varieties, old favorites, exotic species, and hybridizers’ seedling patches, and to hear from iris experts and enthusiasts from all over the country.
Newcomers are always welcome to join us for any event. Have a look at the schedule of upcoming events for more information or get in touch with one of our officers.
ISM membership is one of the best bargains around - only $5 per household for a full year of IRID-ISM, our twice-yearly newsletter, plus meetings, tours, sales, shows and other events.
Join the American Iris Society to connect with a national group of people dedicated to promoting our favorite flower.
You can get more information about joining AIS as well as many of its sections and cooperating societies at the AIS membership site.
Our next event is Saturday, June 3rd, Garden Tours in Stoneham. Details TBD, but we will tour the gardens of ISM members Grace McManus and Cindy Tarquinio, as well as lunch at Whip Hill Park, a lovely 30-acre estate operated by the Stoneham Conservation Commission. There will also be Judges' Training offered at Joe Pye-Weed's Gardens in Carlisle in the latter part of the afternoon. Click here for more info.