INDIANA DAYLILY-IRIS SOCIETY (IDIS)
Non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of daylilies and iris
On our site you will find our calendar of events for this year, links to our national and regional societies, links to local growers. We will be adding more links and information as they develop. So please check out our site from time to time to see what's new.
Meeting - Tuesday, April 1
Speaker: Bill Maryott, Maryott Gardens, Freedom, CA
Auction - Mr. Maryott is bringing vouchers for plants that will be auctioned off after speaking.
Meeting begin at 6:30pm at the Nature Center at Holliday Park.
Meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.
Biography of the speaker:
Bill Maryott was born in 1941 in Nebraska. He moved with his parents to Oregon about 1943. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Engineering in 1967 and began work that same year with IBM in San Jose, CA. In 1970 he went back to Oregon State to get his Masters in Business. He retired from IBM in 1992.
It was only a matter of time and circumstances that led him to hybridizing tall bearded iris, which eventually turned into a full time hobby business, beginning in 1978. The iris garden was open to the public during the spring weeks and it fast became the place to go if one wanted to see irises. He has developed and introduced more than 100 tall bearded irises, many of them winning awards. His greatest achievement is recent with the winning of the Dykes Medal ( the highest award presented by the American Iris Society) for a beautiful yellow iris which he named Thatís All Folks. He will be presented that Medal and a Medal for Achievement in Hybridizing at the Iris Convention in Dallas, TX to be held in mid-April.
Billís interest was turning to daylilies when he sold the iris property in San Jose and moved to a small agricultural community south of Santa Cruz, CA in 1997. The iris business continued until 2000, when he decided to focus entirely on making new daylilies. At that time, with the advent of the internet, it was decided to strictly be an online business with no more on site sales. That venture has been successful as well. Bill may be an engineer by schooling, but he is a farmer at heart. He is never happier than when he is outside in the garden with his hands in the dirt!