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
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
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).