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 18-20, Lafayette, Indiana - Median Iris Mini-Convention
    Sponsored by the Iris Growers of Eastern Indiana, Indiana Daylily and Iris Society, AIS Region 6 and the Median Iris Society, will include tours of 6 gardens over 3 days. Details here.

  • May 23-27, Des Moines, Iowa - AIS National Convention
    Hosted by AIS Region 21, convention attendees will tour at six Des Moines area gardens, including two public gardens.

    2017 Convention Chair: Kelly Norris 1101 25th St. Apt. 9, Des Moines, IA 50311 | phone: (515) 777-2356 | e-mail:

    2017 Convention Co-Chair: Gary White 701 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, NE 68512 | phone: (402) 421-6394 | e-mail:

    2017 Convention Headquarters: Des Moines Marriott Hotel 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 | phone: (515) 245-5500 website: Des Moines Marriott Hotel

  • May 27 - Maine Iris Society Spring Flower Show
    At the Auburn Middle School, 38 Falcon Dr, Auburn, ME. Opens to the public at 1PM.

  • June 3 - Garden Tours in Stoneham & Judges' Training in Carlisle
    Garden Tour and lunch - 10:30AM:
    We'll tour the gardens of ISM members Grace McManus and Cindy Tarquinio, and will have lunch at Whip Hill Park, a lovely 30-acre estate operated by the Stoneham Conservation Commission.
    Judges' Training in the garden - 2:30 PM:
    2 hours of training, one hour on Beardeds and one hour on Siberians, at Marty's & Jan's Joe Pye-Weed Gardens, 337 Acton St., Carlisle, MA. All are welcome, even if you're not a Judge or Student
    Details and directions here.

  • July 29 - ISM Plant Sale to the Public
    At Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA. The sale will open to the public at 10AM. Members, watch your email for details regarding plant prep/labeling efforts, setup times, etc.

  • August 6, Noon - 4:00 PM - ISM Auction
    At Toadland Gardens, 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.

  • November 4, Noon - 4:00 PM - ISM Fall Meeting and Seed/Plant Exchange
    At the Bedford Town Center. Program and other details TBD.

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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