The Greater Omaha Iris Society 
Founded in 1950, GOIS is a group of iris enthusiasts in the greater
Omaha, Nebraska area who get together to learn and discuss all 
aspects of growing irises.  We welcome guests and new members.  
Anyone can attend as a guest without being a member.  
Contact:   Linda Wilkie at 402-493-3808
            or Phyllis Randall 712-520-7754
GOIS is a local chapter of the American Iris Society, a 501-C-3 charitable 
organization.

2020 Officers

    Linda Wilkie, President
    Andy Kohlan, Vice President           
    Lou Sobczyk, Treasurer
    Donna Sobczyk, Secretary
    Gary White, Co-Curator of Collections



Sass Memorial Iris Garden

Built and maintained by members of Greater Omaha Iris Society in the 
1970's to showcase historic iris in a beautiful garden setting.  This garden is 
devoted to the pioneering iris hybridizing work done by Hans, Jacob, 
and Henry Sass.  The garden includes modern  reblooming 
irises, as well as varieties which have won the American Iris 
Society Dykes Medal or the Hans and Jacob Sass Medal.

Please see separate 'Sass Iris Garden page' on this web site 
for additional information.







Note! NEW Location for most meetings -- 
at South Omaha Public Library, 
2808 Q Street, Omaha, Nebraska
on Metro 
Community College campus

GARDEN CLEAN-UP: Because of the ongoing Public Health issue, please weed the gardens on your own.  Please focus on Garden #2 (with Gazebo) and the re-bloomer garden at the base of the wall below it.  Next most important focus are any beds that are closest to the concrete walking path.
   The Iris Gardens are across the road from the horse stables, just above the Conservatory (pass the miniature golf course, and just around the bend from the Activity Center). Anyone wishing to join, we would love some help. Those willing to assist receive free admission to the park. Helpful things to bring are gloves, a dandelion digger, a garden hoe and a kneeling pad. The park entrance is very near exit 426 off I-80 (one mile after crossing the Platte River if headed south). Turn right at top of the exit and take your 2nd right. Ask the ranger in the booth at the entrance for a map and take a look around the wonderful park while you are there. Meals are again available at the lodge.  The nearest currently open and frequently cleaned bathroom to the gardens is 3/10ths of a mile north (top of the curve), just north of the road at the "Go Ape" Zip-line activity.  Come when you can. Stay however long you are willing.

2020 MEETING SCHEDULE

 As soon as weather warms up we will need volunteers to help get the Gardens looking good for Spring Bloom.  Please e-mail at Andy-GOIS@cox.net if you can assist and especially if you have a youth group that can help us.
May & June will be busy months for this, weather permitting.  Getting a good start is critical to success in the garden throughout the year.

May - National Conference cancelled.  Weeding Party at Mahoney State Park?
June - Picnic at Mahoney State Park
June will also be a key month for working in the gardens as it is important in making things easier for July.    Please e-mail Andy-GOIS@cox.net if you can assist or have a youth group that can help us.
July - Dig & Iris Cleaning 
August - No meeting (Garden weeding as needed).
September - Josilyn (tentative, not yet final)
October - Pruning Trees & Shrubs in the Yard (Meet at Library).
November - Club early Thanksgiving (Meet at Library).







Bride's Halo
Tall Bearded Iris









Chocolate
Cream
Tall Bearded Iris







Immortality
Tall Bearded Iris, reblooming







Scorpio 
Star
Tall Bearded Iris






Cornhusker
Tall Bearded
Iris









Jesse's Song
Tall Bearded
Iris







Anaconda 
Love
Border Bearded Iris







Spiced 
Tiger
Tall Bearded Iris








Sea Master
Tall Bearded Iris








Vanity
Tall Bearded Iris









Countess
Zeppelin
Spuria Iris








Voo Doo Magic
Louisiana Iris







Berlin Ruffles
Siberian Iris
Photo courtesy of Ensata Gardens






Crowning 
Moment
Japanese Iris
Photo courtesy of
Ensata Gardens
You can also find us on Facebook at either of the following pages:                                              
1) Greater Omaha Iris Society https://www.facebook.com/GreaterOmahaIrisSociety/?epa=SEARCH_BOX                                                                                                                       
2) Greater Omaha Iris Society Events Group (our newest page for LOCAL members)  ​https://www.facebook.com/groups/1982994778433085/                                                               
Learn much more about iris and other plants by logging onto the following additional web         sites:  

          American Iris Society   http://www.irises.org/
Abelard    Intermediate Bearded Iris


This page was last updated: July 27, 2020
Linda Wilkie, GOIS President
at the Sass Gardens     May, 2009
Dykes Medal winners at the Sass Gardens                     May, 2009
Moon Dazzle 
Japanese Iris
Photo courtesy of Ensata Gardens

​Read a tribute to the out-going NATIONAL AIS President from right here in Nebraska (or come out to an event to learn from him in person)
https://aisregion21.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/r21-bulletin150.pdf




How can I join the Greater Omaha Iris Society?

See form below
HOW DO I JOIN THE GREATER OMAHA IRIS SOCIETY?

It’s simple………..mail the following information below (on a separate piece of paper) and send it with a check for dues to:
 Lou Sobczyk, Treasurer
Greater Omaha Iris Society
6406 South 105th Circle
Omaha, Nebraska 68127

NAME___________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS_________________________________________________________________
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE __________________________________________________________________________

PHONE NUMBER ____________________________________________________________________
EMAIL: ____________________________________________________________________________
BIRTHDAY __________________________________________________________________________

DUES SCHEDULE: Are you a member of the American Iris Society?
Yes ...you get a  discount on our membership dues!
      Individual  $10.00 (not an AIS member)   Individual (is an AIS member)  $3.00
      Couple/Family  $15.00 (not an AIS member)  Couple/Family (is an AIS member) $5.00

You’ll find a schedule of our meetings above.  Most Meetings are held at the South Omaha Public Library,  2808 Q Street ; Omaha, Nebraska 

If you have any questions about joining The Greater Omaha Iris Society, please call any of our officers listed above.

We welcome anyone who has an interest in iris!

The July sale has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID but we are working towards an alternative for local iris lovers. Stay Tuned to this site for further developments.
RHIZOME SALE, Friday, July 31, 2020
Location:  St. Andrews Episcopal Church
ARRIVE EARLY FOR BEST SELECTION!!

Members will be on hand to answer questions about growing iris
All table iris priced @ $4.00 each - what a bargain.
See "Buy Iris" page on this web site for coupon for 1 free iris!!!


SEE BELOW for 2020 EVENTS

CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY AS NEW EVENTS ARE ADDED MONTHLY.


Next Meeting:  ALL Public Meetings CANCELLED til further notice because of Public Health situation w/Corona Virus  
PLEASE weed the Gardens at Mahoney on your own.
​See Below for Details


     Lauritzen Gardens   https://www.LauritzenGardens.org

List of American Dykes Medal Winners http://wiki.irises.org/Main/InfoMedalAmericanDykes