Welcome to the

San Diego Iris Society

Welcome! General meetings of the San Diego Iris Society are held the second Sunday from October to June at 1:00 p.m. Special events occur in September, December, February, May. Please see the latest newsletter for details.

Interested in joining our friendly society? Click here to download the membership form, or contact membership@sandiegoirissociety.org.

All San Diego Iris Society sponsored events are free and open to the public.

For more information about these events, please contact the San Diego Iris Society by email at info@sandiegoirissociety.org.

  • For information on how to join our friendly society and receive our monthly newsletter, see SDIS Membership

  • Check out Iris Info for interesting articles and gardening tips on how to grow and hybridize your own irises

  • SDIS Marketplace features our members' businesses which offer products and services related to irises

  • Board Members lists current officers and committees


2022 Meetings & Special Events

We have resumed our in-person meetings at the Lakeside Historical Society. Please note we have reinstated our potluck lunch at our meetings, so please bring your favorite dish. Masks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status. Breakthrough cases are very real and pose a risk to our more vulnerable friends and family.

  • SDIS Meetings

  • SDIS meets the second Sunday at 1:00PM, unless otherwise noted

  • Location: 9906 Maine Avenue, Lakeside CA 92040



September 10-11, 2022

Sale Hours: 10am to 4:30pm

San Diego Iris Society Fall Rhizome Sale

Please come, bring your friends and family (including the furry/feathery ones) and check out the selection of rhizomes. from Tall bearded irises, median irises, some Louisiana and arilbred irises. We will have different varieties at each weekend sale.

If you want first choice of the fattest, healthiest, and greenest rhizomes, then you should be at room 101 at 10 am!!

Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park

San Diego CA

Free and open to the public - Click here for directions

October 9, 2022 Iris Rhizome Auction

Agenda: Members-only iris auction, presentation by Beth and Mason Train (IRIS) on reblooming irises

Time: 1:00 to 3:00PM

Lakeside Historical Society, 9906 Maine Ave., Lakeside, CA

November 13, 2022 Guest Speaker

Agenda: Presentation by Phil Williams of Rockytop Gardens, Eagleville, TN; topic TBD

Time: 1:00 to 3:00PM

Lakeside Historical Society, 9906 Maine Ave., Lakeside, CA

December 11, 2022 Members Only Holiday Party

Holiday party at Claire's house - more details to come


January 8, 2023

February 11, 2023 - SDIS Birthday Party

Birthday Party with Guest Speaker at the Best Western Seven Seas - more details to come

March 12, 2023

No April Meeting due to Easter Sunday

May 6-7, 2023 - SDIS Spring Show and Sale

June 11, 2023 - Officer Elections

All in-person meetings and sales are contingent on pandemic guidelines at the time of the event. As of this writing, masks must be worn indoors by all, regardless of vaccination status. You may bring snacks to eat outside, but unlike previous meetings there will not be a potluck, for safety reasons.

SDIS members, please see the latest San Diego Iris Society Newsletter for details.


First weekend in May 2023

Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park, San Diego CA

Congratulations to our Spring Show Winners!

AIS Silver Medal for the most blue ribbons: Janis Shackelford

AIS Bronze Medal for 2nd most blue ribbons: Claire Schneider

Best Pink (and Queen of Show): 'Blondie's Blush' - Exhibitor: Janis Shackelford

Best Red: 'Cardinal Rule' - Exhibitor: Bill Molnar

Best Purple: 'Total Obsession' - Exhibitor: Mary Hanson

Best Spuria: 'Mythical Nights' - Exhibitor: Claire Schneider

Best Yellow: 'Picasso Moon' - Exhibitor: Bill Molnar

Best Miscellaneous: 'Hat in the Ring' - Exhibitor: Janis Shackelford

Best Louisiana: 'Bless Your Little Heart' - Exhibitor: Janis Shackelford

Best Californicae: 'Canyon Snow' - Exhibitor: Janis Shackelford

Integrated Pest Management

Click here to view the Presentation by Olga Batalov to the San Diego Iris Society on March 10, 2019.

Camera Fun with Irises

Click here to view the Presentation by Olga Batalov to the San Diego Iris Society on March 8, 2020.

Lynda Miller, Iris Hybridizer

Click here to read about Lynda Miller's presentation

to the San Diego Iris Society on February 9, 2019

about her iris hybridizing activities in Oregon.

Featured photo is intermediate bearded iris 'Concertina' growing in Jim and Edith Schade garden in Ramona, CA. HTBphotos by John and Katharina Notarianni