Dwarf Iris Society

About the Dwarf Iris Society

The Dwarf Iris Society (DIS) is an educational and scientific nonprofit organization. Founded by Walter Welch and associates in 1950 (as the Dwarf Iris Club), the society is now a section of the American Iris Society.

From the society's bylaws:

Section 2A. The primary purpose of this organization shall be to promote interest in the growing, development and preservation of miniature dwarf bearded Iris, hereinafter referred to as MDB. The means for attaining the purpose may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Producing publications and other educational materials about MDBs.
  2. Encouraging the development and maintenance of display gardens for MDBs.
  3. Assembling multiple supporting collections of all existing MDB cultivars to preserve their enjoyment for future generations of gardeners and hybridizers.
  4. Conducting symposia to determine the best or most popular varieties of MDBs.
  5. Supporting research of a scientific nature including: experimental hybridizing programs, collection and preservation of varying forms of dwarf iris species and similar or related areas of research.
  6. Collection, maintenance, preservation and distribution of photo documentation of MDBs and varying forms of dwarf iris species.

Section 2B. Additionally DIS will acquaint fellow iris enthusiasts and the general public with the smaller irises of all classes and types; stimulate and foster interest in botanical and horticultural pursuits; cooperate with other organizations, public and private, to further learning about all dwarf irises by any means consistent with these Bylaws and as outlined in Section 2A.

See our leadership directory for contact information.


Photo credit: El Hutchison, 'Bugsy' (Hager, 1993)