2012 Spring Regional

Region 14 Spring Regional 2012

Spring 2012 logoThe Monterey Bay Iris Society will host Region 14’s 2012 Spring Regional Meeting in Aptos, California April 27 to April 29.There will be a bus tour of three gardens on Saturday, A dinner banquet and program by Joe Ghio, Auctions by the region and TBIS, a self-guided garden tour on Sunday, and Judges Training conducted by Joe Ghio at his home garden. The Tall Bearded Iris Society will meet concurrently. The Registration fee for the Regional is $125 if paid before April 1, 2012. Registrations made after April will be accepted as space allows at a fee of $135. Please register early!

On Saturday the buses will leave the Seacliff Inn for the three iris filled gardens, one in Correlatos, one in Watsonville and one in Scotts Valley. Each of these gardens has a different feel and presentation of iris. At the end of the day will be a buffet banquet and a speech by Joe Ghio.

Registration Form

After downloading the pdf, save to your computer, then open and complete with your information. You can then print out the form or save and email it. You can pay using PayPal with the button below. If you mail it, send it along with your payment check to: Monterey Bay Iris Society, Post Office Box 2361, Los Gatos, California, 95031

After you have calulated your total for the Regional including any pins and T shirts, you may choose to pay using PayPal. To pay using PayPal, please click the Pay Now button and enter that calulated amount on their site.



Hotel Information

The conference hotel is the Best Western Seacliff Inn in Aptos. From Highway 1, take the State Park Drive exit. If you are going south on Highway 1 cross the overpass and turn left onto Old Dominion Court. Going north on Highway 1 you will take the State Park Drive exit, turn right at the top of the ramp and then make a quick left onto Old Dominion Court. If you reach Soquel Drive, you have missed the turn.

If you are flying there is a shuttle van that comes from San Francisco for $55 and San Jose for $40, their schedule is also posted with contact information.

To make a reservation at the hotel, please visit the Seacliff Inn website. You need to contact the hotel directly and not go through a travel agent. When making your reservation be sure to state that you are part of the Regional and ask for the MBIS discount rate, group #1146. You need to make your reservations as soon as possible. This is a popular beach town and rooms book quickly!


See Gardens on the Way to the Regional

We are also trying to contact other gardens between here and Ontario to see if they would welcome visitors who are driving north and will try to get a list of their locations.


Things to do in the Monterey Bay

For those of you who want to see more of the Santa Cruz area, or want a choice of other places to eat, we are providing a couple of information sheets. Places to eat! Things to see!


More About the Regional

Once again the Monterey Bay Iris Society is hosting the Region 14 Regional meeting and we are working very hard to make it an exciting and enjoyable event, In addition we have invited the Tall Bearded Iris Society to join us and they have accepted which will make this a great opportunity to meet Irisarians from other parts of the country. In addition to Iris you will get to see a lot of roses and other plants at Brenda Wood’s garden and also at Joe Ghio’s, not to mention all the old historic junk at the Cummins’. Our committees are working very hard to make sure that this is an unforgettable meeting.


Day on the Bay

Day on the Bay, Ghio, seedling

This Joe Ghio iris (Sib. to Center Ice and Engagement Ring) is the Regional Iris. It has been officially named as “Day on the Bay.” It commenarates this Regional event, the location and this iris. Historically “Day on the Bay” was an annual event celebrating the Italian fishing heritage of the City of Santa Cruz. Joe Ghio’s family and father was one of these fishermen. Each Regional attendee will receive a rhizome. Your meeting memories will go home with you!



We will be updating this site with more information. Please return closer to the Regional as we will be posting images and information about the of the Spring 2012 pin, T-shirt and other items. We will be posting photos of the gardens included on the tour. The registration form for the Spring Regional. Joe Ghio  Correlatos