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AIS AWARDS <strong>20</strong>09<br />

presented at<br />

<strong>20</strong>10 AIS Convention<br />

Madison Wisconsin<br />

Ruth Barker - Chair<br />

Copyright <strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

1


BEE<br />

WARBURTON<br />

MEDAL<br />

Hiroshi Shimizu<br />

of Japan<br />

2


THE BEE WARBURTON MEDAL<br />

The WARBURTON MEDAL is<br />

awarded by the <strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong><br />

<strong>Society</strong> Board of Directors to<br />

international irisarians who have<br />

made outstanding contributions to<br />

the world iris community<br />

3


HYBRIDIZER’S<br />

MEDAL<br />

Jim and Vicki<br />

Craig<br />

4


HYBRIDIZER’S MEDAL<br />

The HYBRIDIZER’S MEDAL is<br />

awarded to iris breeders of<br />

outstanding achievement from<br />

the Board of Directors.<br />

5


HYBRIDIZER’S<br />

MEDAL<br />

Charles Jenkins<br />

6


Distinguished<br />

Service Medal<br />

Perry Dyer<br />

7


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL<br />

The DISTINGUISHED<br />

SERVICE MEDAL is<br />

awarded in recognition of<br />

outstanding service to The<br />

<strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong> at<br />

the national level from the<br />

Board of Directors.<br />

8


Distinguished<br />

Service Medal<br />

Dr. E. Roy<br />

Epperson<br />

9


Roy’s Garden<br />

10


Roy’s Garden<br />

11


Epperson Family Award<br />

Presentation<br />

12


GOLD<br />

MEDAL<br />

Ron Mullin<br />

13


GOLD MEDAL<br />

The GOLD MEDAL is presented to<br />

those who have provided highly<br />

distinctive service over a long<br />

period of time.<br />

14


DYKES<br />

MEMORIAL<br />

MEDAL<br />

GOLDEN<br />

PANTHER - TB<br />

(R. Tasco 00)<br />

15


Richard<br />

Tasco<br />

<strong>20</strong>05<br />

16


DYKES MEMORIAL MEDAL<br />

The Dykes Memorial Medal is the<br />

highest award an iris can receive.<br />

The <strong>American</strong> Dykes is awarded<br />

annually by the British <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

through the <strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong>,<br />

and is restricted to irises<br />

originated and introduced in the<br />

US or Canada.<br />

First awarded in 1927, the Dykes Memorial Medal is<br />

the highest award that can be given to an iris.<br />

17


William R. Dykes<br />

(1877 - 1925)<br />

Author of a monograph on<br />

irises entitled The Genus <strong>Iris</strong><br />

which was one of the first<br />

orderly classifications of the<br />

family.<br />

It laid the foundation for<br />

modern <strong>Iris</strong> classification.<br />

18


JOHN C. WISTER<br />

MEDAL (TB)<br />

PAUL BLACK - TB<br />

(T. Johnson 03)<br />

19


Thomas<br />

Johnson<br />

<strong>20</strong>


JOHN C. WISTER<br />

MEDAL (TB)<br />

DRAMA QUEEN - TB<br />

(K. Keppel 03)<br />

21


Keith<br />

Keppel<br />

22


JOHN C. WISTER<br />

MEDAL (TB)<br />

ITALIAN ICE - TB<br />

(A & D Cadd 01)<br />

23


Anna &<br />

David<br />

Cadd<br />

24


JOHN C. WISTER<br />

MEDAL (TB)<br />

SLOVAK<br />

PRINCE - TB<br />

(A. Mego 03)<br />

25


Anton<br />

Mego<br />

<strong>20</strong>06<br />

26


JOHN C. WISTER MEMORIAL<br />

MEDAL (TB)<br />

This medal is restricted to Tall Bearded (TB)<br />

irises and is named in honor of John C. Wister.<br />

First awarded in 1993.<br />

27


John C. Wister<br />

(1887-1982)<br />

Wister led the organizing<br />

meeting that created the<br />

<strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong> (19<strong>20</strong>).<br />

He was its first president and<br />

served the <strong>Society</strong> for 14<br />

years.<br />

In 1922 John C. Wister was<br />

instrumental in founding the<br />

British <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong>.<br />

28


KNOWLTON<br />

MEDAL (BB)<br />

BORDER CONTROL<br />

(T. Johnson 00)<br />

29


Thomas<br />

Johnson<br />

30


HAROLD W. KNOWLTON<br />

MEDAL (BB)<br />

This medal is restricted to Border Bearded (BB)<br />

irises. It is named in honor of Harold W. Knowlton.<br />

First awarded in 1966.<br />

31


Harold Knowlton was a<br />

tireless promoter of the<br />

border bearded class of<br />

irises.<br />

Harold W. Knowlton<br />

(1888-1968)<br />

He was the seventh<br />

president of AIS (1953-55)<br />

and was among the first<br />

hybridizers to make<br />

deliberate selections of<br />

smaller plants.<br />

32


HANS AND<br />

JACOB SASS<br />

MEDAL (IB)<br />

DEVIL MAY CARE<br />

(P. Black 00)<br />

33


Paul<br />

Black<br />

1979<br />

34


HANS AND JACOB SASS<br />

MEDAL (IB)<br />

This is restricted to Intermediate Bearded (IB)<br />

irises. It is named in honor of Hans Sass and<br />

Jacob Sass. First awarded in 1966.<br />

35


When the brothers became charter<br />

members of the AIS, they had been<br />

breeding irises for more than a<br />

decade.<br />

Their irises were famous for being<br />

strong growers.<br />

36


Henry Sass<br />

Hans Sass<br />

(1868-1949)<br />

Jacob Sass<br />

(1872 - 1945)<br />

37


WILLIAMSON-<br />

WHITE MEDAL<br />

(MTB)<br />

SOMEWHAT<br />

QUIRKEY<br />

(R. Probst 01)<br />

38


Riley<br />

Probst<br />

39


WILLIAMSON-WHITE<br />

MEDAL (MTB)<br />

This medal is restricted to Miniature Tall Bearded<br />

(MTB) irises. It is named in honor of E. B.<br />

Williamson, his daughter Mary Williamson and<br />

Alice White.<br />

This award was activated in 1968.<br />

40


E. B. Williamson and his daughter Mary were<br />

ardent hybridizers. His ‘Lent A. Williamson’<br />

(1918 TB) and ‘Dolly Madison’ (1927, TB)<br />

were considered masterpieces.<br />

They are to be found in the pedigrees of<br />

nearly all modern TBs.<br />

The Dykes Medal was awarded in 1940 for<br />

‘Wabash’ (TB), which was hybridized and<br />

introduced by his daughter Mary Williamson<br />

in 1936.<br />

41


Alice White (Mrs. David K. White) almost<br />

single-handedly rescued ‘table irises’ from<br />

oblivion in the early 1950s.<br />

She led the campaign to have a separate<br />

class established and accepted the name<br />

‘miniature tall bearded’ irises, although<br />

she always preferred to call them table<br />

irises.<br />

42


Edward Bruce<br />

Williamson<br />

(1877-1933)<br />

Mary Williamson<br />

-- Daughter<br />

(1909 - 1987)<br />

NO<br />

PHOTO<br />

Alice White<br />

(1886-1969)<br />

43


COOK-DOUGLAS<br />

MEDAL (SDB)<br />

PUDDY TAT<br />

(P. Black 02)<br />

44


Paul<br />

Black<br />

45


COOK-DOUGLAS<br />

MEDAL (SDB)<br />

This medal is restricted to Standard Dwarf<br />

Bearded (SDB) irises. It is named in honor of<br />

Paul Cook and Geddes Douglas.<br />

First awarded in 1966.<br />

46


Paul Cook’s work with dwarf<br />

irises was truly pioneering.<br />

Paul Cook<br />

(1891 - 1963)<br />

His major contributions have<br />

been in the improvement of<br />

dwarf irises and in the<br />

utilization of species to produce<br />

a wide range of color<br />

variations, heights and<br />

blooming periods.<br />

47


Geddes Douglas<br />

(1902-1993)<br />

Geddes Douglas’s historically<br />

most important hybridizing<br />

achievements were with<br />

dwarf irises. He created the<br />

race of irises that came to be<br />

known as ‘lilliputs’.<br />

He served the AIS in many<br />

ways: Editor, Director,<br />

Secretary. He edited the<br />

book published by AIS ‘The<br />

<strong>Iris</strong>, an Ideal Hardy<br />

Perennial’.<br />

48


CAPARNE-<br />

WELCH MEDAL<br />

(MDB)<br />

TINY TITAN<br />

(J.T. Aitken 01)<br />

49


Terry<br />

Aitken<br />

50


CAPARNE-WELCH<br />

MEDAL (MDB)<br />

This medal is restricted to Miniature Dwarf<br />

Bearded (MDB) irises. It is named in honor of<br />

William John Caparne (an English breeder) and<br />

Walter Welch.<br />

It was instituted in 1950.<br />

51


William John Caparne<br />

(1855-1940)<br />

As an artist, Caparne’s life<br />

was much influenced by his<br />

friend Sir Michael Foster (an<br />

admirer of his paintings)<br />

who asked him to paint<br />

irises. Through this request<br />

Caparne developed an<br />

interest in breeding irises,<br />

and by crossing dwarf<br />

species with taller cultivars<br />

created a new "race" of<br />

intermediate irises<br />

52


Walter E. Welch<br />

(1887 - 1980)<br />

Walter E. Welch was founder<br />

of the Dwarf <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong> in<br />

1950 and became a hybridizer<br />

of dwarf irises after meeting<br />

Paul Cook. He shared Cook’s<br />

enthusiasm for dwarf irises,<br />

and set out to develop new<br />

forms for the garden.<br />

Welch introduced his first<br />

dwarf iris cultivars in the<br />

1950s.<br />

53


CLARENCE G.<br />

WHITE MEDAL<br />

(AR & AB)<br />

SPIRIT OF CALEB<br />

(P. McGrath 02)<br />

54


Peter<br />

McGrath<br />

<strong>20</strong>05<br />

55


CLARENCE G. WHITE<br />

MEDAL (AR & AB)<br />

This medal is restricted to irises of one-half or more<br />

aril content that clearly exhibit at least three readily<br />

recognizable aril characteristics as defined and<br />

approved by the Aril <strong>Society</strong> International.<br />

Activated in 1959 and redefined in 1969.<br />

56


Clarence G. White<br />

contributed so much to the<br />

interest in Aril iris that his<br />

name above all others is<br />

associated with them.<br />

Clarence G. White<br />

(1869-1957)<br />

For twenty-five years, his<br />

work has rightly been the<br />

starting point for anyone<br />

wishing to explore the field<br />

of growing and hybridizing<br />

Arils.<br />

57


WILLIAM MOHR<br />

MEDAL (AB)<br />

SUE BEE<br />

(Susie Kammer by<br />

Tim Stanek, 00)<br />

58


Susie Kammer<br />

by<br />

Tim Stanek<br />

90TH<br />

Birthday<br />

59


WILLIAM MOHR<br />

MEMORIAL MEDAL (AB)<br />

This medal is restricted to irises of one-quarter or<br />

more aril content that do not meet the restrictive<br />

requirements of the Clarence G. White medal.<br />

It was activated in 1969.<br />

60


William Mohr was born in<br />

California, lived and<br />

worked on the ranch all<br />

his life. Ten years before<br />

his death he began<br />

hybridizing.<br />

William A. Mohr<br />

Freda Mohr<br />

(1871-1923)<br />

After his untimely death in<br />

1923 Professor Sydney B.<br />

Mitchell, who saved his<br />

irises, continued to<br />

introduce them on his<br />

behalf. Mr. Mohr’s ‘San<br />

Francisco’ plicata won the<br />

first Dykes Medal.<br />

61


FOUNDERS OF<br />

SIGNA MEDAL<br />

(SPEC)<br />

PETIT LION<br />

(L. Baumunk 01)<br />

62


Lowell<br />

Baumunk<br />

<strong>20</strong>08<br />

63


FOUNDERS OF SIGNA<br />

MEDAL (SPEC)<br />

The first issue of SIGNA, published<br />

in April 1968, lists forty charter<br />

members.<br />

The first organization meeting was<br />

held in May 1966.<br />

This medal is restricted to species irises (SPEC) and is<br />

named to honor the founding members of the Species<br />

<strong>Iris</strong> Group of North America (SIGNA).<br />

First awarded in 1994.<br />

64


RANDOLPH-<br />

PERRY MEDAL<br />

(SPEC-X)<br />

DOLCE<br />

(P. Black 03)<br />

65


Paul<br />

Black<br />

<strong>20</strong>08<br />

66


RANDOLPH-PERRY PERRY<br />

MEDAL (SPEC-X)<br />

This medal is restricted to interspecies<br />

irises (SPEC-X).<br />

It is named in honor of Dr. L. F. Randolph<br />

and Amos Perry.<br />

67


NO<br />

PHOTO<br />

Amos Perry<br />

(1871-1953)<br />

The first British Dykes Medal ever<br />

awarded went to ‘Margot Holmes’ in<br />

1927. Amos Perry was the hybridizer.<br />

Amos Perry was born into a family of<br />

nurserymen. He probably created<br />

more new hybrid interspecies irises<br />

than any other iris breeder.<br />

68


Dr. L. F. Randolph<br />

(1894-1980)<br />

Dr. L. F. Randolph was one of the<br />

most important figures in the world<br />

of irises for several decades.<br />

Dr. Randolph’s and his students’<br />

work on the Scientific Committee<br />

provided the basis of our scientific<br />

understanding of the genus.<br />

Our current AIS classification<br />

system for garden irises was<br />

created by him.<br />

69


SYDNEY B.<br />

MITCHELL MEDAL<br />

(CA)<br />

MENDOCINO<br />

BLUE<br />

(R. & J. Canning 00)<br />

70


Robert &<br />

Janet<br />

Canning<br />

71


PROF. SYDNEY B. MITCHELL<br />

MEDAL (CA)<br />

This medal is restricted to Pacific Coast Native<br />

(PCN) also known as Californicae (CA) irises,<br />

and was first awarded in 1993.<br />

It is named in honor of Sydney B. Mitchell and<br />

all of his accomplishments.<br />

72


Professor/Director University<br />

of California, Berkeley -<br />

Graduate School of<br />

Librarianship<br />

Sydney B. Mitchell<br />

(1878-1951)<br />

Sydney Mitchell’s<br />

collaboration with William<br />

Mohr, - and his continuation<br />

of Mohr’s breeding lines is<br />

now one of the legends of<br />

the AIS.<br />

He took every opportunity<br />

to promote the native irises<br />

of the West Coast.<br />

73


DeBAILLON<br />

MEDAL (LA)<br />

HENRY ROWLAN<br />

(M. D. Faith 02)<br />

74


M. D.<br />

Faith<br />

75


MARY SWORDS DeBAILLON<br />

MEDAL (LA)<br />

This medal is restricted to Louisiana (LA) varieties<br />

only. It was originated by the <strong>Society</strong> for Louisiana<br />

<strong>Iris</strong>es in honor of Mary Swords DeBaillon.<br />

It was made part of the AIS award system in 1986<br />

when they became a Cooperating Organization of<br />

AIS.<br />

76


Mary Swords DeBaillon<br />

amassed the largest collection<br />

of Louisiana irises in the<br />

world.<br />

1934<br />

Mary Swords DeBaillon<br />

(1888-1940)<br />

She and her husband, Dan<br />

DeBaillon, lived on a fifteenacre<br />

tract 5 miles from<br />

Lafayette, Louisiana and<br />

transformed the grounds into<br />

a garden renowned for its<br />

exquisite beauty.<br />

77


MORGAN-WOOD<br />

MEDAL (SIB)<br />

RUFFLES AND<br />

FLOURISHES<br />

(B. Hollingworth 02)<br />

78


Bob<br />

Hollingworth<br />

79


MORGAN-WOOD<br />

MEDAL (SIB)<br />

This medal is restricted to Siberian (SIB) irises.<br />

It is named in honor of F. Cleveland Morgan<br />

and Ira E. Wood.<br />

This award was instituted in 1951 elevated to<br />

medal status and renamed the Morgan-Wood<br />

Medal in 1961.<br />

80


F. Cleveland Morgan<br />

(1882-1962)<br />

F. Cleveland Morgan was a<br />

pioneer Canadian breeder of<br />

Siberian irises and a founding<br />

member of AIS.<br />

Some of his magnificent<br />

cultivars still enhance<br />

gardens around the globe.<br />

81


Ira E. Wood<br />

(1903-1977)<br />

Ira E. Wood hybridized<br />

Siberian irises. He and his<br />

wife Betty often undertook<br />

iris society projects as a<br />

team.<br />

One of those projects was<br />

the AIS Handbook for<br />

Members and Officers.<br />

82


ERIC NIES<br />

MEDAL (SPU)<br />

MISSOURI AUTUMN<br />

(O. D .Niswonger<br />

97)<br />

83


O David<br />

Niswonger<br />

<strong>20</strong>07<br />

84


ERIC NIES<br />

MEDAL (SPU)<br />

This medal is restricted to Spuria (SPU) irises.<br />

It is named in honor of Eric Nies.<br />

It was activated in 1956.<br />

85


Eric Nies was recognized as<br />

the foremost breeder of Spuria<br />

in the world.<br />

He and his wife Grace moved<br />

to Los Angeles w<strong>here</strong> he<br />

hybridized Spurias.<br />

Eric Nies<br />

(1884-1952)<br />

Eric interbred seedlings and in<br />

the second generation t<strong>here</strong><br />

was a virtual explosion of<br />

color: blue, lavender, brown,<br />

bronze and cream.<br />

86


PAYNE<br />

MEDAL (JI)<br />

LITTLE BOW PINK<br />

(D. Delmez 98)<br />

87


Don<br />

Delmez<br />

88


W. ARLIE PAYNE<br />

MEDAL (JI)<br />

This medal is restricted to Japanese (JI) irises<br />

and is named in honor of W. Arlie Payne.<br />

It was activated in 1966.<br />

89


Over three and a half decades, W.<br />

Arlie Payne raised many thousands<br />

of seedlings.<br />

In 1932 he started hybridizing<br />

Japanese irises.<br />

W. Arlie Payne<br />

(1881-1971)<br />

Arlie was universally revered as the<br />

worlds premier breeder of Japanese<br />

irises.<br />

When his new cultivars were sent<br />

to Japan, the Japanese were<br />

astonished to see their diversity<br />

and quality.<br />

90


WALTHER CUP<br />

BUNDLE OF LOVE<br />

BB (P. Black 07)<br />

91


Paul<br />

Black<br />

92


FRED AND BARBARA WALTHER<br />

CUP (HM)<br />

Awarded annually by The <strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

to the originator of the iris variety that receives<br />

the greatest number of votes in the HM Award<br />

balloting, regardless of classification.<br />

93


Mrs. Frederick P. (Barbara)<br />

Walther was an esteemed<br />

member of AIS and the<br />

curator of the Presby<br />

Memorial <strong>Iris</strong> Gardens in<br />

Montclair, New Jersey<br />

which began in 1927.<br />

Fred, who supported her<br />

in all her botanical and<br />

civic endeavors, passed<br />

away in 1966.<br />

Barbara Walther and Fred Walther<br />

Mr. Frank Presby was a founder of the<br />

<strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong> and its first Treasurer.<br />

94


She was much more<br />

than an overseer or<br />

detached administrator<br />

of the gardens.<br />

Barbara Walther (1879-1977)<br />

Barbara knew the irises<br />

personally, walking<br />

through the garden and<br />

greeting them each by<br />

name.<br />

95


<strong>20</strong>09<br />

NO<br />

AWARD<br />

GIVEN<br />

J. ARTHUR<br />

NELSON<br />

AWARD<br />

96


J. ARTHUR NELSON<br />

AWARD<br />

Dr. J. Arthur Nelson<br />

1900-1973<br />

Dr. Nelson served in many<br />

capacities for the <strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong><br />

<strong>Society</strong>, including Bulletin Editor -<br />

-- 38 issues to be exact.<br />

However, he and his wife Irene<br />

are best known for their work in<br />

creating the ‘Official Color<br />

Classification’ chart in 1966,<br />

which they revised in 1971.<br />

97


J. ARTHUR NELSON<br />

AWARD<br />

The Nelson Award, in the form of a<br />

certificate, is to be awarded to the iris<br />

selected BEST OF SHOW the greatest<br />

number of times during the year.<br />

This award was established in 1966 in<br />

recognition of their creation of the<br />

‘Official Color Classification’.<br />

98


CONVENTION AWARDS<br />

Every year at the <strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

National Convention, registered attendees<br />

(Regardless of whether or not they are<br />

members of AIS) vote for irises seen<br />

growing and in bloom in the official tour<br />

gardens at the meeting for these three<br />

awards:<br />

THE PRESIDENT’S CUP<br />

THE FRANKLIN COOK CUP<br />

THE BEN R. HAGER CUP<br />

99


THE PRESIDENT’S CUP<br />

Eligibility is restricted to<br />

introduced irises originated within<br />

the host region for that year’s<br />

national meeting or originated by<br />

a hybridizer whose garden is<br />

included on the meeting’s official<br />

convention tour, regardless of its<br />

location.<br />

100


Presidents Cup<br />

Born To Please<br />

TB<br />

101


Ruth Rogers<br />

102


FRANKLIN COOK<br />

MEMORIAL<br />

CUP<br />

All introduced irises seen growing and in bloom in<br />

the official tour gardens of the meeting are eligible<br />

for the Cook Memorial Cup, except irises originated<br />

within the host region for that year’s national<br />

meeting or originated by a hybridizer whose garden<br />

is included on the official garden tour, regardless of<br />

its location.<br />

103


Franklin Cook<br />

Memorial Cup<br />

Tree of Songs<br />

104


Marty Schaefer & Jan Sacks<br />

105


BEN R. HAGER CUP<br />

BEST MEDIAN<br />

The Ben R. Hager Cup is awarded annually during<br />

The <strong>American</strong> <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong>’s national meeting. It is<br />

restricted to Median <strong>Iris</strong>es (SDB, IB, BB and MTB)<br />

seen in the tour gardens during the meetings. The<br />

variety must be introduced but is not limited to<br />

Official Guest irises.<br />

This cup is sponsored by The Median <strong>Iris</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

and was first awarded in <strong>20</strong>07.<br />

106


BEN R. HAGER CUP<br />

BEST MEDIAN<br />

<strong>20</strong>10 CONVENTION<br />

THREE WAY TIE<br />

107


Ben R. Hager Cup<br />

Dallas Mahan<br />

MTB <strong>20</strong>07<br />

Clarence Mahan<br />

108


Ben R. Hager Cup<br />

Ruffled Rascal<br />

BB R. <strong>20</strong>07<br />

Francis Rogers<br />

109


Ben R. Hager Cup<br />

Survivor<br />

MTB <strong>20</strong>07<br />

L. Miller<br />

110


BROUGHT TO<br />

YOU BY THE<br />

AIS SLIDES AND<br />

DIGITAL PROGAMS<br />

COMMITTEE<br />

Janet Smith Chair<br />

111

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