Welcome to Monterey Bay Iris

We Welcome You to Join Us in the World of Iris

We meet the third Friday of every Month except July and December. Visitors are always welcome. Our meetings are held at the Native Son’s Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, California, at 7:30 P.M.

At each meeting we have a program that corresponds with the season. For instance, in February we discuss fertilization and in April we present how to prepare and stage iris for our annual Iris Show. Slide presentations cover the most beautiful must have varieties. That's All Folks, Maryott, 2005We have a picnic in July and a dinner in December for members.

Join Monterey Bay Iris Society

Our Annual show will be held this year at the Louden Nelson Communtity Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA. The show will be held Saturday and Sunday April 26th and 27th and is open to the public. The show hours for the public are 1pm until 6 on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am until 5.

You can purchase our iris at our three sales. We sell iris at the Smart Garden Faire in Scotts Valley every June, at Rio Del Mar Shopping Center the first Saturday in August and at the Cabrillo Farmer’s Market, the second Saturday in August.

2013 AIS Dykes Medal Winner

‘That's All Folks’, tall bearded iris introducted in 2005 by Joe Ghio and hybridized by our member Bill Maryott won the 2013 Dykes Medal. This was the last introduced iris by Maryott.


Current Newsletter

Archive of newsletters

Current List of Door Prizes

New 2014-2015 Door Prize List

New Photo list of all 2014-2015 Door Prizes

Upcoming Meetings

Our August meeting on Friday the 15th, will feature Re-blooming Iris. This is your chance to learn about planting and growing these wonderful iris that give not only a spring but often a fall and winter bloom. This will be a presentation with slides showing what color and form you can have if you want to add these iris to your garden. The speaker will be Riley Probst, a commercial grower and hybridizer, whose Fleur de Lis Iris Garden features Re-bloomers. A meeting not to miss! Those in attendance will be part of a drawing to win an opportunity to take home a re-blooming iris!

Our September meeting on Friday the 19th will feature Beardless Iris. Learn about Japanese, Spuria, Siberian, Lousianna, and a variety of other iris. Many of these iris are tall. All are a wonderful addition to your garden. The speaker will be Joe Ghio who for several years hybridized Spurias.

Our October meeting on Friday the 17th will feature Pacific Coast Iris. These are the iris native to our area and are often found wild in our coastal hills. Our speaker, Joe Ghio has been hybridizing these iris. If you have been to our Spring Iris shows, then you are familiar with his PCI introductions and seedlings. The AmericanIris Society annually gives out the Sydney B Mitchell Award for the best Pacific Coast Iris. This year Joe's Rodeo Gulch won the award and he has won this award in the past over a dozen times. He is the expert to hear when you want to learn about these wonderful little iris!

MBIS By-Laws

By Laws

Joe Ghio’s 2014 Introductions

See Ghio’s 2014 Introductions:
2014 Tall Bearded Introductions 2014 PCI Introductions

Region 14 Winter Bulletin 2014

Winter 2014 Region 14 Bulletin


Monthly meeting: Friday, 01/16/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 02/20/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 03/20/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 04/17/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 05/15/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 06/19/15
Yearly Picnic, 11 to 3 Saturday, 07/18/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 08/21/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 09/18/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 10/16/15
Monthly meeting: Friday, 11/20/15
The Annual Holiday Party is Friday, 12/18/15