Newcomers and guests are always welcome at ISM events. Also posted here are events around the region and national events. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.


  • May 18 - 23 - AIS National Convention and
    May 24 & 25 - Siberian/Species Convention

    Portland, Oregon. Check the 2015 National Iris Convention Site for all the details of both conventions.

  • Sunday, May 31 - ISM Spring Garden Tour and Judges' Training.
    Gardens will include Toadland Gardens (Markham/Wilson), Schmieders', and Joe-Pye Weed's (Schafer/Sacks). We will start at Toadland around 9:30 AM, go to Schmieders' for lunch, and over to Jan and Marty's after lunch and for Judges' training. The 2-hour Judges' Training session will begin at 2:30, with final topics TBD based on what's blooming. For details and directions, click here.

  • Saturday, July 25 - ISM Plant Sale to the Public
    Verill Farm, Concord MA. Details will be provided closer to the date.

  • Sunday, August 2 - ISM Members Auction 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
    Toadland Gardens (home of Stephanie Markham and Lawrence Wilson), 22 Lawrence Street, Norfolk, MA. Bring a sandwich and a chair; drinks and dessert will be provided. Lunch at noon; auction starts at 1:00 PM. As always, members are welcome to bring non-member friends.

Past News

  • Lowell Sun, June 6, 2012
    Iris Eyes are Smiling in Concord - link to a slideshow/interview with Barbara and David Schmieder in their Concord gardens (be sure to click on "captions" at the bottom of the video). In addition, click here to see a Lowell Sun YouTube video of Barbara Schmieder explaining iris branching.


From Route 128 / I-95:

  • Take exit 31B (Bedford St./ MA-225 W / MA 4N).
  • Go through 6 stop lights.
  • After the 6th light, take the 2nd left onto Mudge Way.
  • Take an immediate left into the driveway for the Town Hall and Town Center and wind around until you see the yellow clapboard Town Center building. There are several parking areas nearby.
  • Enter through the center doors. We meet in the Shawsheen Room, downstairs (a short flight to the right, or there is an elevator).
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