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Pony Express Iris Society

St. Joseph, MO

The Pony Express Iris Society was founded in the spring of 1992 by a few iris enthusiasts and some of their friends who also had a interest in iris.  Since its beginning, members of PEIS from as far south as Gladstone, MO and north to Maryville, MO have been active in the St. Joseph, MO community.


Each year PEIS hosts its annual iris show in mid-May. The show, held at East Hills Mall, draws several hundred people who come to see the wide array of Iris on display. Members are on hand to answer questions about iris culture.


PEIS also sponsors an annual Iris sale, which is open to the public. There one can find a wide selection of Iris varieties in a multitude of color and sizes at reasonable prices.


The Pony Express Iris Society is an affiliate of the American Iris Society, and as such, has participated in hosting both Spring and Fall Regional meetings for the American Iris Society’s Region 18 which covers the states of Missouri and Kansas.


PEIS also holds iris auctions open to members only.  At these events, members often are able to obtain newly introduced irises at a fraction of the catalog price.


PEIS continues to focus on future growth, community education, and learning more about the culture of the genus Iris, while at the same time, sharing fellowship and fun.

For more information, contact our president John Swiastyn at 816-261-0392 or email at chunk369@yahoo.com.