About the Clara B. Rees Iris Society


The Clara B. Rees Iris Society was founded in 1957 and named after Clara B. Rees who made iris history with her iris hybrid "Snow Flurry" -- the world's first ruffled iris. The big ruffled white was a sensation when it bloomed. More important still, it is the world's greatest parent of fine ruffled, tetraploid, tall bearded iris.

"Snow Flurry" earned Clara many awards and international honors. It was on the list of 100 favorite iris for 30 years. Clara's last credit, granted posthumously, was a memorial resolution awarded by the California State Legislature.


The Clara B. Rees Iris Society holds annual shows and sales, has donated funds to the American Iris Society for research, provided scholarships for botanical studies at San Jose State University, and donated iris books to area libraries. Clara B Rees Iris Society was among the first in Region 14 to hold a varietal show and was the first Region 14 society to become an affiliate of the American Iris Society. Many fine hybridizers have been members of the Clara B. Rees Iris Society. The Society operates within Region 14 of the American Iris Society, and endorses its objectives and goals.

Region 14, which includes northern California, Nevada and Hawaii, is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation whose sole purpose is promoting the culture and improvement of the genus Iris.

The Objectives

The objectives of Region 14 include:

  • Develop the science of horticulture and any activities related
    to the study, propagation, improvement and culture of the genus iris

  • Stimulate and foster interest in horticultural pursuits

  • Conservation and protection of these plants

  • Encouragement and support of scientific research

  • Investigation and conservation of the genus Iris in the wild

  • Collection, compilation and publication of data concerning
    the history, classification, breeding and culture of irises

  • Education of the public through exhibitions, display gardens, and publications

Officers and Directors 2017 - 2018



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