The American Iris Society Region 4

CIS Projects


·      In 1998, The CIS created an endowed scholarship with the Foundation of CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College).  Income from this endowment is used to provide tuition and assistance to a student in the Horticulture Program of the college.  The first partial scholarship award was presented in the 2001-2002 school year.  Additional funds are available each subsequent year.


·      In 2019, The CIS Board planted the Carrie Winter Memorial Garden at the Betty Little House of The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. in Charlotte, NC.  This garden was built to posthumously recognize Carrie’s devotion to The Charlotte Iris Society – as a judge, officer and Convention Chair.


This garden has six iris groupings; each grouping is represented by irises either named for a member or hybridized by a member.  These six groupings are:


o   Carrie Winter, Tall Bearded Iris, hybridizer Don Spoon

Photo courtesy of Winterberry Iris Gardens


o   Ruth Holbrook, Tall Bearded Iris, hybridizer Don Spoon

'Ruth Holbrook' (Don Spoon 2014)




o   Katharine Steele ,Tall Bearded Iris, hybridizer Don Spoon

'Katharine Steele' (Don Spoon 2011)

o   Swords of Murex, Species Iris, hybridizer Barbara Alexander

o   Petite Monet, Miniature Tall Bearded Iris, hybridizer Katharine Steele

o   Sister Shirley, Tall Bearded Iris, hybridizer Don Spoon, for his  sister, Shirley Knox

Photo courtesy of Winterberry Iris Gardens


The CIS provided numerous irises to the Duke Mansion, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for landscaping, including:  Immortality Tall Bearded Irises and Petite Monet Miniature Tall Bearded Irises.