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 Wilke at 402-493-3808
           or Phyllis Randall 712-520-7754

2015 Officers

   Linda Wilkie, President
   Phyllis Randall, Vice President          
   John Randall, Treasurer
   Mary Schreiber, 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 show 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 also includes modern  reblooming
irises, as well as varieties which have won the American Iris
Society Dykes Medal or the Sass Medal.

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

2015 Club meeting dates
Note! New Location for all meetings!  at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 925 S. 84th Street,
     Omaha, Nebraska

  • March 9, 2015 / 6:30 PM  American Iris Society Slide Program: 2013 Iris Introductions  Program presented  by  Linda Wilkie and John Randall.  A program that will generate lots of "Ooohs and Aaahs;  it will whet your appetite to add new iris to your gardens.  You will also learn where to buy these beauties and other sources for iris.  (There are many!)

  • March 14, 2015 / (Tentative) Weather Dependent  Work day at the Sass Memorial Gardenat 9:00 AM  Bring rakes, sharp scissors, other garden tools and buckets for clean-up  Many hands make light work!

  • April 13, 2015 / 6:30 PM  To be determined

  • May 2, 2015  / (Tentative) Work day at the Sass Memorial Garden at Mahoney State Park.   Gather at the gardens at 9:00 AM.  Bring scissors, rakes and other garden tools and buckets for clean-up. 

  • May 11, 2015 / Program:  Prepare Iris for the Iris ShowThis will be a panel of experts giving you helpful hints to show your iris at their best. 

  • May 15 - 17, 2015 / Spring Into Spring Festival at Lauritzen Gardens.  Lots of treasures are available at a reasonable price. This is a great plant sale that benefits GOIS.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to talk about your wonderful iris and maybe even find new ones!   Many iris will be on exhibit and may be pre-ordered for delivery at the GOIS annual iris sale in July. 

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015 is our Annual Iris Show - Exibition only!, being held again this year at Lauritzen Gardens. Exibition entries will be accepted from 7:30 AM through 9:45 AM.  Iris entries must be ready for placement by Stewards by 9:45 AM.  Show opens when placement is completed.  Iris may be entered by anyone, not just GOIS  members .  This Exibition is a change in our usual practice of a juried show.  This year, there will not be trophies awarded and no judging will take place for single stalk entries.  There will be judging on arrangements;  Kevin Smith, a professional floral designer will be the Judge.  (He judged our Arrangements last year.) Arrangements Themes will be announded at a later date.  This is a chance to show off all your beautiful iris to thousands of  visitors to Lauritzen Gardens.  

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015 We will be selling iris rhizomes for future delivery.  There will be blooming iris to show you what your rhizome will look like when it blooms.  It works like this:  a limited number of rhizomes will be available.  A buyer chooses what he/she wants, pays for the iris, gets a receipt, and can pick up their selections at our Annual Sale on July 24.  This is a great way to expand your garden at a low cost.  Rhizomes will sell for only $4.00 each or 3/for $10. 

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015, after the Annual Iris Show about 2:00 PM     Kevin Smith, a Professional floral designer,  will do a demonstration of how to create an award-winning design.  This session is not to be missed!  Kevin is the entertaining instructor who did a program for us on Floral Arrangements last fall.

  • May ??, 2015  TBD  Iris garden tours at gardens to be selected.  You can join other friends to ride together. 

  • May 15, 16, and 17, 2015 / Lincoln Iris Society Show. Entries will be received between 7:30 and 10:00 AM the day of the show. Horticultural rules are similar to those used by GOIS, although each exhibitor is limited to 35 total entries in the Division 1 Horticulture.  There are classes for Seedlings, Artistic Arrangements, Youth and Educational Exhibits.  The show will be held at the Southeast Community College, 8800 "O" Street (in the cafeteria), Lincoln, Nebraska 68520. 

  • June 8, 2015 / Pot Luck & Picnic at location to be determined.   Rain or shine!  Bring a friend, a dish to share, and enjoy the gardens.      Beverages and utensils will be provided by the club. Of course, we'll talk about all the great (and maybe not-so-great) iris blooms this Spring.  This is a great opportunity to commune with our interesting members and guests. 

  • June 13, 2015/ Work day at the Sass Memorial Gardens at Mahoney State Park.  Gather at the gardens at 8:30 AM to remove bloom stalks and deadhead peonies. 

  • July 18, 2015 / Work day  Digging Project at the Sass Memorial Garden, 8:30 AM.  Get there early before the heat.  We'll have cold water  ready for you.  This is the day we dig iris for sale to the public.  Rain date is July 19 - just in case!

  • July 20, 2015 / Meeting:  Prepare Rhizomes  for sale at Linda Wilkie's house at 6:30 PM.  Bring sharp scissors, paper bags, black markers that will work on iris, and newspapers to work on rhizomes.  Great opportunity to get your hands dirty again!  These iris are the ones we will sell on Friday, July 24.

  • July 24, 2015 (Friday, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM) / GOIS Annual Rhizome Sale at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. This is your opportunity to add irises to your gardens - and at a very reasonable rate. Don't forget to use your coupon for free iris .  Coupon may be redeemed only at this July rhizome sale for any one  iris. (Coupon may be found on "Buy Iris" page of this web site.  All proceeds will benefit GOIS projects / expenses. 

  • August 15, 2015 / (Tentative) Work day at the Sass Memorial Garden at 8:00 AM.  Bring garden tools and bags or buckets for clean-up.  Cold drinks will be provided.

  • September 14, 2015 /  Speaker and pictures of the 2015 Iris Convention in Portland, Oregon (Iris paradise!)  This area is where many of the well-known iris breeders do their work.  Hundreds of acres of iris in production will amaze you.
  • October 12, 2015 / Speaker:  Gary White will share his knowledge of Clematis

  • October 18, 2015 (Tentative) Work day at the Sass Memorial Garden at 8:30 - 9:00 AM.  Bring scissors, rakes and bags or buckets for clean-up.    Hot coffee will be provided.

  • November 6 and 7, 2015  National Iris Society Fall Meeting.  Details to be provided at a later date.  

  • November 9, 2014 "Early Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner"  6:30 PM  Always a favorite activity.  Bring your family and invite friends who may want to know more about iris for our annual festive dinner.  The club will provide the Turkey and Gravy;  please bring a salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a vegetable, a casserole or dessert to share.  Best deal in town.................great friends, great food, great camaraderie. 

  • November 14, 2015   Final work day at the Sass Memorial Garden at 9:00 AM.  Bring scissors, rakes, and other garden tools and buckets for clean-up.  Help put the gardens to bed for the winter.  Lunch afterward at the restaurant at the park lodge. 

website created by Phyllis Randall
  Learn much more about iris and other plants by logging onto the following additional web         sites: 

Bride's Halo
Tall Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Iris, reblooming

Tall Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded

Jesse's Song
Tall Bearded

Border Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Iris

Sea Master
Tall Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Iris

Spuria Iris

Voo Doo Magic
Louisiana Iris

Berlin Ruffles
Siberian Iris
Photo courtesy of Ensata Gardens

Japanese Iris
Photo courtesy of
Ensata Gardens
Abelard    Intermediate Bearded Iris

This page was last updated: March 17, 2015
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
GOIS IRIS SHOW, May 15-17, 2015 at Lauritzen Gardens