The Utah Iris Society shows in Salt Lake City are over for 2012, but there's still another place to show and see beautiful irises and iris arrangements.
The Logan Iris Show is open 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 S. 200 West. Admission is free, as is entry in the competitions.
The horticulture competition invites growers to enter their best iris.
"It has to be a perfect flower -- no tears or rips," said Randy Brown, a Utah Iris Society member from West Point, adding that irises are judged on color and form, and judges are even picky enough to look for fingerprints on the stems.
The society provides the vases, but competitors have to provide the iris knowledge.
"For the horticulture division, the first rule is you've got to know the correct name of your iris ... also what its category is," said Charlotte Brennand of North Logan, program chairwoman of the Logan Iris Society. "If you get the name wrong, you get disqualified."
The artistic division, with iris growers creating flower arrangements, does not require competitors to know the names of their irises.
"This year, our artistic division has the theme 'Iris Virus,' " said Brennand.
Showing a sense of humor, competition organizers came up with ten subcategories, each a play on the theme.
" 'Highly Contagious' requires a single iris in isolation," said Brennand. " 'Global Epidemic' is a mass arrangement of pandemic proportions."
"Seeing Spots" arrangements must include plicatas. "Catching Cold" requires cool-colored flowers, and "Feverish" requires hot colors.
Entries have to be turned in before 10 a.m. on the morning of June 1.
For more information about iris societies, or competition rules, call Randy Brown at 801-660-7022.