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. The meetings begin at 7:00 P.M. Our meetings are held at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. The July meeting will be the members’ Picnic at Harvey West Park.

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.

Annual show

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 May 4th and 5th 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 third Saturday in August.

Join Monterey Bay Iris Society

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Ghio Iris Sale

Joe Ghio of Bay View Gardens is having his 14th annual "One Hour Iris Sale" of his end-of-the-season surplus irises on Saturday, September 22nd from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at 1201 Bay Street in Santa Cruz. This year was a great year for growing iris and there are lots of surplus iris from Joe Ghio and other leading hybridizers. They will be available for $5.00 each. There will also be a limited number of Ghio 2018 introductions and other “hot” varieties of hybridizers such as Keppel, Blyth, Schreiners and others for $10, $15 each. Also available will be some fruit, vegetables and an interesting selection of pumpkins and gourds.

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 2018-2019 Door Prize List

New Photo list of all 2018-2019 Door Prizes

MBIS By-Laws

By Laws

Joe Ghio’s 2014 Introductions

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

Region 14 Fall Bulletin 2018

Fall 2018 Region 14 Bulletin


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