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The American Iris Society: Region 3 ~ Delaware Valley Iris Society

Official Show Schedule; SHOW REGISTRATION NUMBER: 2023-029

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Jenkins Arboretum

New Education Center

631 Berwyn-Baptist Rd.

Devon, PA 19333


For directions, see the Jenkins Arboretum website:

Show Co-Chairs – George Hildenbrandt,

Svetlana McCoy-Rusanova,

Region 3 of the American Iris Society (AIS) includes all of DE, NJ and PA. The Delaware Valley Iris

Society (DVIS) is one of the Region's affiliates. This group holds regular meetings with programs related to all phases of iris culture. Educational goals are fulfilled through functions including: garden tours, annual spring show(s), annual iris rhizome sale(s), and a Fall awards luncheon and informational presentations. Although participation in the Region's activities does not require membership, membership in the AIS is encouraged and will place you on the mailing list for our colorful and informative bulletins.

We cordially invite you to join the Delaware Valley Iris Society. AIS membership applications are

available at our membership desk or online at:

Show Timetable

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM : Entries preparation and placement. Entries for all divisions except Artistic

Division MUST be made by 9:30. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!

10:00 AM: Entries for Artistic Division must be made.

9:30 AM 10:00 AM : Show clerk or placement committee places entries.

10:00 AM 12:00 PM : Judging. Time is an estimate, and may vary depending on the number of entries

and judges.

12:00 PM 4:00 PM : Show open to the public.

4:00 PM: Show takedown and cleanup. No ribbons or entries may be removed prior to this.

Entry Rules of the Show

All official rules and procedures as stated in the current American Iris Society Handbook for

Judges and Show Officials apply and cannot be violated. Decisions of the judges will be final. The

Show Committee will exercise all appropriate care but cannot be held responsible for loss and/or

damage to entries or other personal items associated with the show.

The show is open to the public and there is no charge for exhibitors or spectators.

Containers of various sizes will be provided by DVIS for the flower stalks for all entries except

English Box, Educational & Commercial Displays. In addition, entrants may use their own clean green bottles if they desire.

All entries must be accompanied by a properly completed (top & bottom) entry card. An

incorrect name (including spelling) or incorrect class on the entry card may lead to disqualification.

Assistance and official AIS registration lists will be available.

Entries may only be placed by the Placement Committee or the Show Clerk. Unnamed or

incorrectly named specimens will be placed in the Division IV: "UFO: unidentified flowering object";

and may not be considered for Club or AIS awards.

Specimens entered in Division I, III and VI must have been grown, groomed and entered by the

exhibitor. There is no limit to the number of entries one may make; however, other than Collections

(Sections K or L), only one specimen stalk of a variety may be entered per Section or Group.

Exhibitors under age 19 may elect to enter the show as either "Youth" or &"adult" but not both.

Judges may not enter sections they are judging unless there is an emergency as determined by

the Show Chairperson(s).

The Show Chair may combine small sections where entries warrant.

NO ONE is permitted in the show area once judging begins except the judges, the clerk(s), any

apprentice judges, the Show Chairperson, and the Awards Chairperson for placement of Special

Awards, Best of Show, and rosettes where applicable at the completion of judging.

Entries not claimed by the exhibitor will be disposed of at the discretion of the Show



All of the AIS rules and guidelines for judging and awards are applicable. Ribbons, rosettes and

other awards will be presented. Each specimen can be awarded ONLY one ribbon. One First (blue),

one Second (red), and one Third (white) place ribbon may be given to each cultivar in any given

section EXCEPT in the Seedling Division. As many Honorable Mention (pink) ribbons may be

awarded as the panel of judges deems worthy.

As many Blue Ribbons as merited may be awarded in the Seedling Division, for all those

seedlings that the judges did not select for the Best Seedling, but feel are worthy of recognition. These

blue ribbons are not counted when determining eligibility for the Bronze or Silver medals. No other

color ribbons are awarded for seedlings.

DVIS Awards

The "Queen's Court" is the four stalks that the judges deem to be the best runners-up from

Divisions I, III or VI. Each “Queen’s Court” cultivar will receive a “Special Horticultural Award”

rosette and a special DVIS award.

Best in Show Award Same requirements as for the AIS Best Specimen. Special award given,

sponsored by DVIS.

Best Novice Specimen Award Best first place entry in the Novice Division, with a minimum

of 3 entries and 2 exhibitors.