On this website you will find a basic guide to the family of irises. We have also added links to the wide range of other sources that we hope you may find interesting and useful.

Information about the BIS is here as well as lists of its events and related groups, both local and specialist.

We hope you will enjoy this site and come to share our love, excitement and interest in Irises.

Note that the membership subscription remains the same as 2016 and new members will be welcomed and enquiries through the contact page answered as promptly as possible.

The British Iris Society is registered with The Charity Commission - number 261896

Promoting British Irises since 1922

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Our membership grows a wide range of plants and it is often said that there is an iris for every soil condition.

Some members also continue the long tradition of breeding new varieties while others work hard to preserve historic ones.

The BIS counts a number of Plant Heritage National Collection Holders amongst its members.

Why not join us?


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News and Events

New Registrar and New Seed Officer

The EC are delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel Wilcox as the new BIS Registrar. She takes over from her mother, Jennifer Hewitt, who has held the office for ...

Plant Heritage honours Sarah Cook

Plant Heritage honours Sarah Cook, saviour of the Benton irises, with prestigious Brickell Award Plant Heritage has awarded Sarah Cook who holds the historic National Plant Collection of Iris introduced ...

Summer Show 2018 report

The Summer Show on 2 June 2018 was a successful and enjoyable event, well supported by the public who attended in good numbers. Enough iris had survived blustery weather to ...

Early Spring Show, Pembroke Lodge

The Early Spring Show was highly successful this year. Held at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond on 11 February 2018 there were more exhibits than ever and Alan McMurtie's talk was well ...

Late Spring Show 28 April, RHS Wisley

The Late Spring Show took place on 28 April 2018 at RHS Wisley. The weather had been woeful for the start of this year, so we did worry just what ...

Gold and Best Exhibit Winners!

Great news from one of our groups! Congratulations to West and Midlands Group who won Gold and Best Exhibit in their class at Malvern this year! See more on Facebook.

Summer Show: 2 June 2018

The Summer Show is now over for this year. Look out for more information on our plans for 2019, which will be coming soon. You can see a report on ...

AGM 2018

The 2018 AGM will be held at Great Comp Garden https://greatcompgarden.co.uk/ on Saturday 29th September 2018. The talk will be by Twigs Way, ‘Artists and their gardens – not just ...

Dates for your diary

The date for the AGM in 2019 is Saturday 21st September. The venue will decided and published soon, so please check here or Facebook for further information. We look forward ...

Report on BIS AGM 2017: 23 September, Coton Manor

Chairman John Milner with the Hon Secretary Jill Whitehead The 94th Annual General Meeting of the British Iris Society was held at the beautiful setting of Coton Manor, Northampton. 26 ...

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