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

2017 Officers

    Linda Wilkie, President
    Nitza Fairlie, 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! Location for most meetings -- 
at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 
925 S. 84th Street Omaha, Nebraska

  • MARCH 13, 2017  7:00 PM  KETV Burlington Station on 10th Street in the Old Market
  • Sean Everson,  one of the stations' meteorologists and a former Youth Member in GOIS, will present a   program "Climate and Weather as it affects our gardens".  A brief meeting will be held after the program. 

  • April 8th, 9:30 A.M. Garden Work Day at Mahoney Park Iris Display Garden.  Meet at the Sass Gardens at 9:30 A. M.  Bring a friend to help make the work easier and quicker.  Be sure to wear your "Volunteer Iris Worker" badge to get into the park at no charge.  

  • April 10, 2017  7:00 PM  Tour Canoyer's Nursery.   Meet at Conoyer's Nursery located at 11240 S. 66th Street, Papillion at 7:00 P.M.  This is a great chance to see Spring plants and the inner workings of a garden center and plant nursery.

  • April 29, 2017  2:00 P. M.​  GOIS Board meeting at Linda Wilkie's (15115 Grant Circle).  Officers and Committee Chairs required, all members are welcome

  • May 08, 2017 6:30 PM.  Magdalene Pfister Garden.  This garden, located on the UNL East campus, is maintained by the Lincoln Iris Society.  Meet near the Dairy Store on East Campus at 6:30 P.M.  (Come a little early and treat yourself to great ice cream and cheese?   Find a map at  ​Garden is located at approximately 38th & Holdredge Streets in Lincoln.  Contact an officer if you would like to carpool with a member.  

  • May 13th.  Spring Into Spring at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha  A Spring Affair with a different flair.  GOIS will staff a booth with information about our Iris Club.  

  • May 13th.  Lincoln Iris Show in Lincoln, Nebraska.  1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Located at St. Andrews Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (South Entrance) 1015 Lancaster Lane, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Find the Show 4 blocks East of 70th & Vine, then 1 block North on East Avon Lane.  For more information, contact David Lionberger at 402-466-2838 or ​

  • Saturday May 20, 2017 is our Iris Show at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.   Single entry iris and arrangements will be accepted from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.  Judging at 10:45 AM.  Open to the public at Noon.  GOIS Board Meeting will be held later the same day. 
  • New!  NEW!  At the last board meeting we decided to add a people’s choice Photography Exhibit.  photographs will be accepted during the entry time (9:00 – 10:30 AM).  There are no size restrictions but photos should be matted;  framed photographs will also be accepted.  All photos must have been taken by the exhibitor.  Classes will follow the AIS photo contest rules:
  • There must be irises in the photo and irises in the photos should be of the Genus Iris. Subject matter should follow the six AIS categories:
  • 1.  Irises in a landscaped garden.
  • 2. Irises in a field or home garden.
  • 3. Events, tours, a person or people (at iris location).
  • 4. Close up of an iris or irises.
  • 5. Iris photos- art effects, macro of bloom segments.
  • 6. Photos of pets, wildlife or garden art with the irises.
  • Winners will be selected by popular vote of the viewing public.  

  • May 23 - 27th, 2017 American Iris Society Convention and Garden Tours in Des Moines, Iowa.  See their web site at for more information.

  • *June 12, 2017 / Pot Luck & Picnic at Donna and Lou Sobczyk's.  6406 South 105th Circle, Omaha, 68127.   Rain or shine!  Bring a friend, some food  to share, and enjoy their beautiful gardens.  Beverages, plates 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 very interesting members and guests.  Remember, all guests and family are welcome.  

  • June 17th Garden Work Day at Mahoney Park Iris Display Garden  Meet at the Sass Garden at 9:30 AM

  • July 10, 2017 / Demonstration on digging and dividing iris.  John Randall will show how to divide your iris and  demonstrate which parts are no longer needed and should be tossed.  Then we'll have a slide presentation on New Iris Introductions.  You will surely see some of the newest iris that really need to be part of your garden

  • July 22, 2017  /  Dividing Iris Project at the Sass Memorial Garden, 8:00 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 23 - just in case!​

  • *July 24, 2017 / Ice Cream Social with Cookies /  Prepare Rhizomes  for sale at Linda Wilkie's house at 6:00 PM.  Bring sharp scissors, paper bags, black markers that will work on iris, and newspapers to work on preparing rhizomes.  Great opportunity to get your hands dirty again!  These iris are the ones we will sell on Friday, July 24.  Members are asked to bring cookies to share - any kind, any size, any flavor!  (If you don't have time to bake, I'm sure you can find a source for good cookies at the nearest commercial bakery).  

  • *July 28, 2017 GOIS Annual Rhizome Sale at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Set up for sale at 11:00 AM Sale begins Friday, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM)/ 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.)

  • *Aug​ust 26.  GOIS Board Meeting at 2:00 PM.  Location:  Wilkie's house (15115 Grant Circle).  Officers and Committee chairs required;  all members are welcome.  

  • September 11, 2017 / Program on Reblooming Iris.  This program is actually two programs produced by the American Iris Society.  Reblooming Iris Zones 1-3 and Reblooming Iris Zones 4 - 8.  What a great way to add iris to your gardens that will bloom again in the Fall, after the 'usual' iris bloom season.

*        September 16, 2017      Garden work day at the Sass Memorial Garden at 9:30 A.M.  
        Bring scissors, rakes, buckets and other garden tools for clean-up.  Help clean up the gardens         and view reblooming iris . Lunch afterward at the restaurant at the park lodge is a possibility.

  • September 30th, 2017  GOIS Board Meeting  at 2:00 PM.  Location:  Wilkie's house (15115 Grant Circle).  Officers and Committee chairs required;  all members are welcome

  • *October 9, 2017   GOIS meeting + Linda Wilkie and Lou Sobczyk will present a program about the 2017 AIS Convention held ​in Des Moines.  Many pictures of beautiful iris.

  •  * October 14 2017  Garden work day at the Sass Memorial Garden at 9:30 A.M.  Bring scissors, rakes, buckets and other garden tools for clean-up.  Help clean up the gardens  and view reblooming iris . Lunch afterward at the restaurant at the park lodge is a possibility.

  • *October 28, 2017  GOIS Board Meeting  at 2:00 PM.  Location:  Wilkie's house (15115 Grant Circle).  Officers and Committee chairs required;  all members are welcome

  • November 13, 2017 Last General Meeting of the Year / "Early Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner" 6:00 PMNote the earlier time from usual meetings.  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, dinner rolls and butter, a casserole or dessert to share. Best deal in town.................great friends, great food, great camaraderie​

  • *November 18, 2017 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. Maybe Lunch afterward at the restaurant at the park lodge.  
  Learn much more about iris and other plants by logging onto the following additional web         sites:  

  •   Historic Iris Preservation

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: July 27, 2017
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

For information about AIS Region 21, go to
How can I join the Greater Omaha Iris Society?

See form below

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


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DUES SCHEDULE: Are you a member of the American Iris Society?
Yes 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 St. Andrews Episcopal Church; 84th & Pacific Streets; 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!

Location:  St. Andrews Episcopal Church

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!!!