About Sun Country Iris Society

Our membership is composed of people of all ages and backgrounds who share an interest in gardening and a passion for irises. We grow several types of iris including tall bearded, border bearded, arilbred, louisania, and spuria. We are proud to include in our group several successful hybridizers as well as master gardeners, novice gardeners and youth members. With our mission in mind, we hold monthly meetings directed towards education. Often the information provided is from experienced members, but occasionally well known guest speakers, either from the Sun Country area or from other parts of the globe, share their enthusiasm and knowledge.

The Sun Country Iris Society holds at least one public iris show per year where we encourage both members and non members to submit entries for competition both in the horticulture division and in the artistic floral design. In addition, the organization sells potted iris in the spring and rhizomes in the fall, which are donated by members and these events serve as our primary fund raising events.

The Sun Country Iris Society was established in 1969 as an affiliate of the American Iris Society and we are a 501(c)3 organization. We have always been a very active club, hosting one National American Iris Society convention and numerous regional conventions. These bring iris people not only from Arizona and California, but from different parts of the country to see what we are doing and to share their expertise. Our membership includes hybridizers who are working to further improve our favorite flower.

Our Mission: The sole purpose of the Sun Country Iris Society is to stimulate and encourage the culture of iris in the area known as Sun Country. Sun Country Iris Society is not organized to become a self-sufficient entity in itself, but is designed as a means of implementing the principles and ideals of the American Iris Society in the Sun Country area.

Membership has its privileges, including a monthly newsletter that overflows with iris gardening tips, discounted pricing on rhizomes and a guaranteed seat at our annual fall rhizome auctions. Collectively we contribute to the expansion of iris gardens throughout the Sun Country area.

Please attend as our guest to one of our monthly meetings for additional information.

SCIS Officers for 2024

Vice President
Past President

Sharon Petterson
Mary Platner
Bill DeHaven
Valerie Wielgus
Dale Liggett
Ardi Kary
Russ Carlson


A Sun Country Iris Society iris show at a local mall