Iris show Saturday at Coarsegold Elementary

-- Yosemite Iris Society President Carolyn HooverApril 10, 2013 

The First Annual 2013 Iris Show, "Spring Days," sponsored by the Yosemite Iris Society, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13 in the Coarsegold Elementary School multipurpose room/cafeteria.

The free show will display more than 100 different flowering irises.

National judges will also give awards for the best irises in the youth and adult divisions. Those interested in participating may enter irises in the show by 9 a.m. Saturday.

To enter an iris to be judged, participants must have the correct American Iris Society registered name and type of iris. Irises can also be exhibited without being judged. For more information, contact Hoover at (559) 658-7632.

"This is the first annual Iris Show ever to be held in our community, and we hope that we get a good turn out and have great success," Hoover said.

"The students of Coarsegold Elementary Iris Club and members of the Yosemite Iris Society, are looking forward to entering the irises they grew and welcome all visitors and participants to attend. Many thanks go to Coarsegold Elementary School, Principal Bob Rose and school staff for their cooperation in making this Iris Show possible."

Hoover is also the president of the newly-formed Yosemite Iris Society, and is the adviser for the Coarsegold Elementary Iris Club.

Students in the iris club, ages 5 to 12, learn about how to grow and care for irises, and how to treat diseases that can plague the plants. Club members decided to theme their iris garden "animal names." All 20 of their irises are officially registered with names like "Red Lion," "Bengal Tiger," "Pink Kitten," and "Toucan Tango."

The irises were donated by Hoover and Bill Tyson, owner of Hillside Iris Gardens of YLP and treasurer of the Yosemite Iris Society.

The newly-formed Yosemite Iris Society serves Eastern Madera County and its surrounding areas, and is an affiliate of the American Iris Society's Region 14 -- covering California and Nevada. The society is looking for new members interested in learning more about irises and how to grow them. The society also brings in guest speakers at monthly meetings, the first Friday of each month.

Hoover is past president of Fresno Iris Society and has also served as lead instructor of the after-school program, "Cougar Club" at Coarsegold Elementary for the past eight years.

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