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Number 292 January 1994

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QUEEN’S VIOLET H. Shockey ’94 - TB

SHEBA’S JEWEL H. Shockey ’94 AB 1/2 (OBG)

DESERT FURY

H. Shockey ’94 AB 1/2 (OGB)

Please see advertisement on page 61

BULLETIN OF THE

IRIS SOCIETY

ISSN 0747-4172

VOL. LXXV, NO. 1 Series No. 292 January, 1994

Editor: Ronald Mullin, Route 3, Box 84, Pawnee, OK 74058-9302

Associate Editor: Rachel Drumm, 924 North Hester, Stillwater, OK 74075

Advertising Editor: Kay Nelson-Keppel, P.O. Box 18145, Salem, OR 97305, Tel. (503) 391-9241.

Photo Coordinator: Larry D. Stayer, 7414 E. 60th Street, Tulsa, OK 74145-9317

Scientific Editor: Adele Lawyer, 4333 Oak Hill Road, Oakland, CA 94605

BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY is published quarterly by the American Iris Society. Publishing Office 7414 E. 60th St., Tulsa, OK 74145-9317. Second-class postage paid at Tulsa, OK, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription price is included in annual membership dues of $12.50. Annual Subscription rate $12.50 per year. Copyright © 1993 The American Iris Society.

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY, 7414 East 60th Street, Tulsa, OK 74145-9317.

Communications concerning membership and dues should be addressed to Marilyn Harlow, P.O. Box 8455, San Jose, CA 95155.

Communications concerning the business matters of the Society should be addressed to Jeane Stayer, 7414 E. 60th Street, Tulsa, OK 74145-9317.

Communications regarding advertising should be addressed to Kay Nelson, Advertising Editor. For Information about membership, advertising rates and section dues, see Table of Contents.

All copy due in Editor’s office by Oct. 15(Jan.), Jan. 15 (April), April 15(July). July 15 (October). This BULLETIN was printed by Johnson Graphics.

PRESIDENTS AND MEMBERSHIP SECRETARIES FOR SECTIONS AND COOPERATING SOCIETIES SECTIONS

MEDIAN IRIS SOCIETY: James Morris, 682 Huntley Heights Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021; Betty Burch, 205 Knox Drive, Huntsville, AL 35811

THE SOCIETY FOR SIBERIAN IRISES: Dr. Harold Stahly, 8343 Manchester Drive, Grand Blanc, MI 48439, (313) 694-7139; Howard Brookins, N 75 W14257 North Point Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-4325

SPURIA IRIS SOCIETY: Ruth Wilder, 802 Camellia Avenue, Anderson, SC 29621; Floyd IV. Wick- enkamp, 10521 Bellarosa Dr., Sun City, AZ 85351

SOCIETY FOR JAPANESE IRISES: Howard Brookins, N 75 W 142 57 North Point Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-4325; Carol Warner, 16815 Falls Road, Upperco, MD 21155, (410) 374A788

REBLOOMING IRIS SOCIETY: Dr, John Weiler, 1146 Rialto, Fresno, CA 93705; SaraMarley, Route 2 Box 61, Biuemont, VA 22012

DWARF IRIS SOCIETY : Eric Tankesley-Clarke, Route 1, Box 246, California, MO 65018; Lynda Miller 3167 E. U.S. 224, Ossian, IN 46777

SOCIETY FOR PACIFIC COAST NATIVE IRISES: David Lennette, 1325 Court Street, Alameda, CA 94501; Adele Lawyer, 4333 Oak Hill Road, Oakland, CA 94605

SPECIES IRIS GROUP OF NORTH AMERICA (SIGNA): Colin Rigby, 18341 Paulsem, S.W., Rochester, WA 98579; Florence Stout, 150 N. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148

HISTORIC IRIS PRESERVATION SOCIETY (HIPS): Lawrence L. Doucette, 482 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887; Verona Wiekhorst, 4855 Santiago Way, Colorado Springs, CO 8091 7 Cooperating Societies

ARIL SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL: Peter McGrath, 4605 Cairo, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111; Audrey Roe, 2816 Charleston, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

SOCIETY FOR LOUISIANA IRISES: Henry Rowlan, 12 Roxbury Drive, Little Rock, AR 72209; Elaine Bourque, 1812 Broussard Rd. E. , Lafayette, LA 70508.

AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY

A nonprofit institution incorporated Feb. 2, 1927, in the County of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania. By the terms of the Charter, the Corporation has no stockholders and exists for the sole purpose of promoting the culture and improvement of the IRIS.

OFFICERS

President: Claire B. Barr, 12565 Cloudesly Drive, San Diego, CA 92128, (619) 451-6333 First Vice President: Dave Niswonger, 822 Rodney Vista Blvd. , Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, (314) 334-3383

Second Vice President: Clarence Mahan, 7311 Churchill Road, McLean, VA 22101, (703) 893-8526 Secretary: Mrs. Larry D. Stayer, 7414 East 60th., Tulsa, OK 74145-9317, (918) 627-0706 Treasurer: Glenn F. Corlew, 2229 Ptarmigan Drive #4, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, (510) 932-1998 Editor: Ronald Mullin, Rt. 3, Box 84, Pawnee, OK 74058-9302, (918) 762-2430, Fax (918) 762-2288

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

Registrar: Kay Nelson-Keppel, P.O. Box 18145, Salem, OR 97305, (503) 391-9241 Membership Secretary: Marilyn Harlow, P.O. Box 8455, San Jose, CA 95155, (408) 971-0444 Recording Secretary: Jeanne Clay Plank, 8426 Vine Valley Rd., Sun Valley, CA 91352, (818) 767-5512 Publication Sales Director: C. J. Lack, 718 West 67th St., Tulsa, OK 74132, (918) 445-2222

DIRECTORS

Past Presidents: Marion Walker, Harold L. Stahly, Ronald Mullin, James Rasmussen, Kenneth M. Waite

Terms expiring in 1994: Terms expiring in 1995: Terms expiring in 1996:

Hilda Crick Harold Stahly

Larry Harder Olive Rice-Waters

Terry Aitken James P. McWhirter

Clarence Mahan Jean Witt

O. David Niswonger Melody Wilhoit

Lillian Gristwood Jeanne Clay Plank

RVP Representative: Paul W. Gossett

CHAIRMEN OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Affiliates: Dave Niswonger, 822 Rodney Vista Blvd., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, (314) 334-3383

Awards: Melody Wilhoit, Route 1, Box 141, Kansas, IL 61933, (217) 948-5478

Convention Liaison: Clarence Mahan, 7311 Churchill Road, McLean, VA 22101, (703) 893-8526

Exhibitions: Lillian Gristwood, 605 Lock Street, Phoenix, NY 13135, (315) 695-3697

Foundation Liaison: Richard Pettijohn, 122 S. 39th St., Apt. 604, Omaha, NE 68131

Flistorical: Larry Harder, Box 547, Ponca, NE 68770, (402) 755-2615

Honorary Awards: Kenneth M. Waite, 6 Tow Path Lane, Westfield, MA 01085, (413) 568-7081

Judges and Judges Training: Hilda Crick, 2462 Anes Station Rd., Lewisburg, TN 37091, (615) 359-1885

Membership Contest: James P. McWhirter, 851 Lillian, Stockton, CA 95215, (209) 462-8106

Policy: Mike Lowe, 12219 Zilles Road, Blackstone, VA 23824

Public Relations: Olive Rice-Waters, 1914 Napa Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707, (510) 526-2853 Registrations: Keith Keppel, P.O. Box 18154, Salem, OR 97305. Send all registration applications and $7.50 payable to A1S, to Kay Nelson-Keppel, P.O. Box 18145, Salem, OR 97305, (503) 391-9241 Robins: Howard Brookins, N. 75 W. 14257 Northpoint Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 RVP Counselor: Hal Stahly, 8343 Manchester Dr., Grand Blanc, MI 48439, (810) 694-7139 Scientific: Dr. Chandler Fulton, 21 Hillcrest Road, Weston, MA 02193 Scholarship: Jean Witt, 16516 25th NE, Seattle, WA 98155

Section Liaison: Terry Aitken, 608 N.W. 119th Street, Vancouver, WA 98685, (206) 573-4472 Slides: Michael Moller, 3455 Vallejo Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, (719) 598-2024 Youth: Jean Morris, 682 Huntley Heights, Ballwin, MO 63021, (314) 256-3927

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

New Directors . . . . . . . . .

AIS Convention Portland . . . . .

1993 Japanese Iris Awards . Bennett Jones ....

Contributors to Wister Medal Fund . Barbara Schmieder

1993 Society for Japanese Irises Convention . . . Carol Warner .

Facts, Not Fear . Adele Lawyer ....

The Siberian Iris Convention . . Anna Mae Miller . .

Dave Niswonger . . Donna Aldridge . . .

Popularity Poll Siberian Iris Convention .

Some Notes on the Gibson Plicatas . Keith Keppel .

The Well Kept Secret (Spurias) . Sheldon Butt .

Dividing Japanese Irises . John White .

Iris Gardening in the Winter . Ronald Mullin ....

Scorch Revisited and a New Theory . Dr. Raymond Smith

Keith Keppel Wins Foster Memorial Plaque .

At the Species Level . Roy Davidson ....

Arranger’s Corner . Carolyn Hawkins . .

1994 Symposium . Bennett Jones ....

A Visit with Ben Hager . Lowell Baumunk . .

A California Visit at Bloomtime . Phil Williams .

Reports on Italian Iris Species . Maretta Colasante .

Exhibition Committee Report . Lillian Gristwood . .

Exhibition Certificates 1993 .

High Commendation Awards 1993 . Bennett Jones .

Minutes of Board of Directors’ Meeting . Jeanne Clay Plank

AIS Poster Contest .

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Regular Features

From the President’s Desk . 4 AIS Financial Statement

AIS Membership Rates . 9 AIS Sales Items .

Contribution Information . 9 AIS Membership Rates

In Memoriam . 10 AIS Slides for Rent ....

Contributions to AIS Foundation ..... 13 AIS Judges 1994 .

Youth Views . 16 How to Register an Iris

Bulletin Advertising Rates . 52 Commercial Directory .

Statement of Ownership . . 53 RVPs .

Advertisers This Issue

Aitken’s Salmon Creek Garden . . Cover 3 Melrose Gardens .

Arilian Acres . . . Cover 2, 61 Region 7 . .

Bay View Gardens . . Cover 4 Schultz Company ......

Lucy Burton . . . . 60 Sooner State Iris Society

Just Crazy About . . . . 64, 65, 66 Stake Ups .

Keith Keppel . 59, 63 Stockton Iris Gardens . .

Knee Deep in June . . . 67

On The Cover: Siberian irises perform beautifully in a Michigan garden. Photo by Hollingworth.

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From the Desk of the President

Claire B. Barr

The busy year-end holidays of 1993 are memories as everyone begins 1994 with great expectations. The fall Board meeting in Tulsa is history. Because of publishing schedules, however, it is still early fall at this writing; there is no crystal ball to tell me just what will take place at that meeting, what decisions and/or compromises will be reached. No matter what happens, it is essential that you, the members of the AIS, know that the members of the Board, individually and collectively, are attempting to do what is best for the Society as a whole.

It is no easy assignment to resolve questions such as those concerning Amer¬ ican Iris Society garden awards or where best to keep the Society’s library materials. The awards matter is extremely complex, with many pros and cons. For the library location, there are four excellent proposals; the choice will be a difficult one. And these are just the subjects which make the headlines, so to speak. If you read the minutes of Board meetings closely, you will see that there is much activity of the “nuts and bolts” type, so necessary in keeping the machinery running smoothly. It should be noted, also, that the machinery doesn’t shut down between Board meetings; the work goes on. Whatever happens in Tulsa, it is beyond the bounds of reason to think that all the members of the Society will be completely happy with the outcome of this or any other Board meeting; the Board members themselves have divergent opinions, but the goal is always to look at the whole picture and move ahead for the good of the Society.

During the past few months there have been letters and phone calls from quite a few members about a variety of topics. These contacts are appreciated. Please keep them coming. Favorable comments are welcome, of course, but so is criticism, especially of the constructive kind.

Irises will be blooming again before we know it. The convention in Portland should be a beautiful one. Plan to come, if you can, to see the best in irises and lots of friendly people.

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NEW DIRECTORS

Terry Aitken

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Terry developed a green thumb at a tender age but did not focus on iris activities until after graduating from the University of Minnesota (Bachelor of Architecture) in 1968.

Iris collecting began with the landscaping of his and Barbara’s first custom home in Minneapolis. The Schreiner catalog fueled his interest in the diversity of colors and patterns. Through the Iris Society of Minnesota, Terry visited many iris gardens, and Mrs. Bakke (MINNESOTA GLITTERS) gently nudged him into AIS membership.

In 1974 Terry, Barbara and their two sons, Scott and Ken, headed west to the gentler climate of the Northwest in Vancouver, Washington. Here his gardening interest became focused, influenced by the hybridizing activities of Gus Schreiner, Bennett Jones, and George Shoop. The hybridizing “bug” hit hard, and Aitken’ s Salmon Creek Garden now maintains approximately an acre of seedlings of many iris types (Ben Hager is also a role model). Terry’s hybridiz¬ ing efforts have been rewarded with many AIS awards including 2 Sass medals and 2 Capame-Welch medals.

Terry was quickly absorbed into organized iris activities in Portland, first by joining the Greater Portland Iris Society (1975) where he has served as president, and later, Region 13 of AIS where he was RVP. In this capacity Terry attended his first National AIS convention in 1980 and has seldom missed one since. Terry has served as Median Slide Chairman and is also the Chairman for the AIS National Convention in Portland in 1994.

James P. McWhirter

James P. (Jim) McWhirter has attended every national convention, except one, since 1972. His interest in irises has grown with each year. He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and he is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. When he was a child, he lived behind Mrs. R. A. Gotto who was good friends with Jesse Wills and Geddes Douglas, noted irisarians of the day. He traveled to their gardens with Mrs. Gotto and gained a sound background in appreciating and judging irises.

While completing a degree at Vanderbilt with a major in English and a minor in accounting, Jim’s interest in irises was interrupted. However, after moving to San Francisco, he and Don Denney acquired some land in the Hayward area and Cottage Gardens became their commerical garden name. He began his hybridiz¬ ing program immediately, and in 1977, he introduced his iris TENNESSEE FROST. Since then, he has introduced many others. Although he has introduced irises of many colors, he is most interested in hybridizing whites and blues.

Jim has be:en active in Region 14 for many years and served as the Regional Vice President, Judges’ Training Chairman, and in other capacities. He has served as president of some of the California iris societies and has been involved in many other activities of the region. He enjoys writing to AIS people all over the United States.

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In addition to his iris activities, Jim has worked as treasurer for Tayler Products in South San Francisco, been active in Democratic politics, and served in several positions in The Family Link of San Francisco a non profit organization helping to provide low cost or free housing for friends and family members of people suffering from AIDS.

Jim truly enjoys visiting iris gardens, and he has traveled to several states and to Japan to visit them. He is an avid collector of iris artifacts, and his collection is one of the best to be found.

Jeanne Clay Plank

Jeanne Clay Plank grew up in Hayward, California, and acquired her love of gardening as a child while “helping” her grandmother in the garden.

Her adult interest in iris had its beginnings in the fall of 1957 when her grandmother sent a few of her rhizomes from irises growing in the Hayward garden to Jeanne for planting in the garden of her new home in Silver Spring, Maryland. A gardening friend, who had recently joined the AIS, saw one of the irises in bloom in 1960, and suggested that it was probably a named variety. Curiosity about the name of this “mystery” iris led to the quest to identify it. Jeanne’s friend, Dorothy, took her to visit the gardens of local irisarians, and without much resistance she was lured into the world of irises. She joined the American Iris Society in 1962 and has maintained that membership, unbroken, ever since.

The quest for the name of the “mystery” iris became incidental as she started collecting named and newer varieties through iris catalog purchases and by attending annual sales and auctions sponsored by the Chesapeake and Potomac Iris Society. Although she served as Corresponding Secretary for C & P for two years before moving to Annapolis, Maryland, Jeanne’s iris activities were low keyed and consisted mainly of growing several hundred named varieties, attend¬ ing C & P sales and auctions, going on C & P sponsored spring garden treks, and spreading the iris bug among her friends in the Annapolis theater group in which she was very active at that time. She returned to California in 1977.

In 1985 Jeanne undertook the renovation of the 4,000 square foot iris garden at Descanso Gardens, a 150 acre botanic garden in the Los Angeles County Department of Arboreta. She is the Volunteer Curator of the Iris Garden at Descanso and oversees all aspects of a continually growing collection that today numbers almost 1300 different clones in all classes of irises except miniature dwarf bearded. Jeanne is a recent past member of the board of trustees of the Descanso Gardens Guild and served on the Executive Committee for one year as Vice President - Horticulture.

She is an active member in the Southern California Iris Society (SCIS) and the San Fernando Valley Iris Society (SFVIS), and maintains a membership in the Inland Iris Society. She served three terms as treasurer for SCIS, after which she served three years as treasurer for SFVIS. She served three years as secretary for Region 15, and currently edits and publishes the Region 15 Newsletter.

Jeanne has a BS degree in horticulture from the University of Maryland. A garden judge, she maintains memberships in the Japanese, Siberian, Rebloom¬ ing, Median, Historical, SIGNA, and Pacific Coast Native societies.

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At the national level, Jeanne was first runner up in the Membership Contest award in 1992. In the Fall of 1992 she became the recording secretary for AIS, and in the Fall of 1993, a director on the AIS board.

At home she has integrated another 300 cultivars into a natural canyon landscape that borders on native chaparral. She delights in growing select Jap¬ anese and Siberian irises, which, contrary to some, can be made to grow well in Southern California.

Jeanne gives programs to garden clubs, various local iris clubs, Descanso Gardens functions, and, this year, spoke to the Region 15 Fall Meeting. All of her programs are illustrated by slides furnished by husband Bob. Both Bob and Jeanne are life members of AIS.

And, in all of this, was the identity of the “mystery” iris ever discovered? It has never been identified beyond question, but it has been questionably identified as GRAND CANYON. Jeanne still has a clump of that iris from her grandmother’s garden growing in her garden in Sun Valley, California, and she invites Irisarians to visit during bloom season to see if they can help settle the mystery once and for all!

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Jeanne Clay Plank

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AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY CONVENTION Portland, Oregon May 21 - 25, 1994

Sponsored by the Greater Portland Iris Society

CONVENTION HEADQUARTERS

The Portland Hilton 921 SW Sixth Avenue

Portland, OR 97204-1296 (503) 226-1611 or 1-800/HILTONS

Rates: $82.00 plus 9% tax for 1-2 people. (Children stay free with parents). An additional $15.00 plus 9% tax for each person over 2 per room. Book your room reservations directly with the hotel or through the 1-800 number, stating you are with The American Iris Society. All unreserved rooms blocked for the convention will be released after April 20th. Limited free parking in the Hilton garage is available on a first come, first served basis. There is an airport bus which goes from the airport to and from major downtown Portland hotels at a current rate of $7.00 per person, one way. More details on this in your registration confirmation.

Registration Fees:

Postmarked before March 20, 1994 $150.00

Postmarked March 20-April 20, 1994 $165.00

Postmarked after April 20, 1994 $180.00

Youth 18 and under $110.00

Partial Registration: Specify if you don't plan to attend any of the following: Welcome Dinner or Awards Banquet Deduct $25.00 for either.

All Gardens (buses, gardens, lunches are package deal)— Deduct $50.00.

Partial registration rates are available for advance registrations only. Full registration refund will be made if notice is postmarked no later than April 1st; 50% refund will be made if notice is postmarked no later than April 20th; no refund thereafter.

Optional Tours Fees:

Oregon Coast Tour May 21, 1994 $22.00

Columbia River Gorge Tour— May 22, 1994 $22.00

Note: Optional tours are based on demand and must be scheduled at time of registra¬ tion, but no later than April 20th. If insufficient registrations are received for optional tours, money will be refunded.

When you register, please indicate if you: (1) require special transportation during garden tours, or special meals (2) if this is the first American Iris Society national convention you have attended.

Make checks payable to 1994 AIS Convention and mail to: Judy Nunn, Registrar PO Box 126 -Dept. CONV Silverton, OR 97381-0126

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OPTIONAL OREGON COAST TOUR

Saturday, May 21, 1994 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of breathtaking beauty at the rugged Oregon Coast. From Portland you will head west through the fir forests and Coastal Mountain Range to Cannon Beach, located at the Northern end of the Oregon Coast. This artist’s community, often referred to as “the Carmel of the North” was named for several cannons that washed ashore from the wreck of Sloop-of-War Shark in 1846. Cannon Beach is also the site of Haystack Rock, the third largest monolith in the world. There will be plenty of time to comb the beach for sea treasures and visit the many unique art galleries and shops in this small “cottage” community. Lunch at a restaurant overlooking the ocean is included in your tour price.

The cost of this tour, including lunch, is $22.00 per person. Please include this in your convention registration check. Space is limited to 150 registrants. Deadline for reserva¬ tion for this tour is April 20th.

OPTIONAL TOUR OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

Sunday, May 22, 1994 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Experience the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge as you travel through one of the world’s most magnificent landscapes. Recently designated a national scenic area, the Gorge is enthralling with its compelling vistas, hanging valleys, terraced cliffs, fantastic rock pinnacles and enchanting waterfalls. The most impressive of these waterfalls is Multnomah Falls, the 4th highest waterfall in the United States. Other sites will include Bonneville Dam and Crown Point, a vantage point at 725 feet above the river, providing a commanding view of the Columbia River Gorge. From Bonneville you will continue up the Gorge to the town of Hood River where, on a windy day, you can expect to see the colorful sails of the windsurfers who flock from around the world to this windsurfing capital. The tour will include lunch at the Hood River Inn.

The cost of this tour, including lunch, is $22.00 per person. Please include this in your convention registration check. Space is limited to 150 registrants. Deadline for reserva¬ tion for this tour is April 20th.

American Iris Society Conventions

1994

Portland, OR

May 21-25

1995

Hershey, PA

May 23-27

1996

Sacramento, CA

1997

Detroit, MI

1998

Denver, CO

1999

Oklahoma City, OK

CONTRIBUTIONS AND MEMORIAL GIFTS AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY: Send to The American Iris Society, Jeane Stayer, Secretary, 7414 E 60th St., Tulsa, OK 74145.

AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY FOUNDATION: Send to AIS Foundation, Richard T. Pettijohn, Treasurer, 122 S 39th, Apt 604, Omaha, NE 68131. Donations to the Foundation and AIS are tax deductible. Note: Please include name and address of next-of-kin pertaining to memorial gifts, so that a card of acknowledgment may be sent. Checks should be payable to the American Iris Society or the American Iris Society Foundation.

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IN MEMORIAM

Leon C. Wolford

Leon C. Wolford, Past President of AIS, died on August 13, 1993. Leon’s first association with AIS was through the Iris Society of Dallas. He later became a regional officer, then the RVP of Region 17 (Texas). He was elected to the AIS Board, served as Vice-President, and was elected President in 1978. This was a period of traumatic change and great financial difficulties for the society. Due to his leadership and dedication, the entire AIS Board followed his example of serving in their positions at no cost to the Society. He never forgot his roots and succeeded in opening up the workings of AIS to the RVPs and the membership. He attended every convention and meeting and was tireless in his committment

to AIS.

An outstanding event of his tenure was his acceptance of an exquisite Sevres vase, donated by Mme. Valery Giscard D’Estaing, as the 1st Grand Prize of the Orleans Competition, held in 1978. This was awarded to AIS as the Grand Prix in appreciation of the cooperation and response of the AIS to the International Congress held in France. Another outstanding event was his attendance at the 1980 Les Floralles Internationales de Montreal Conferencier in Canada. This was a conference of the outstanding leaders worldwide in horticulture. Leon pre¬ sented a paper, “Development of Modern Tall Bearded Irises: An Overview”. This paper was printed in English and French in the conference publication.

Following his presidency, he served as President of AISF and Chairman of the Honorary Awards Committee. He was elected Judge Emeritus. He received many awards over the years, including the Stella B. Chapman Award from ISD and the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal of AIS. Upon retiring, he and his constant companion and loving wife, Edith, built a home in Whitewright, Texas. They established Skyline Farm, specializing in TBs and LAs. He continued hybridizing and introduced: COWBOY MYSTIQUE and COPPER LACE (TBs) and ALMERIA (LA, HM ’91). They formed the Fannin County Iris Society in 1982. They also belonged to the Fort Worth Iris Society, were honorary members of the Rainbow Iris Society of Sherman, TX and belonged to the Society for Louisiana Iris. He served as a director of the board of the latter.

Leon was a very special person and will be greatly missed.

IN MEMORIAM

Joe Barrows (Oklahoma)

Leslie Calloway (Delaware) Mrs. Martin Dean (Texas) Constance Hansen (California) Earl A. Holl (Indiana)

Dr. Frederick Judy (Washington) Ivy Lavacot (Tennessee)

Samuel Sipe (Maryland)

Robert Small (Kansas)

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Leon Wolford

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IN MEMORIAM

Raymond Nixon Miller

Raymond N. Miller passed away on May 15, 1993. He was born on January 17, 1915, in Ravenden Springs, Arkansas, the son of a Methodist minister. He was 78 at the time of his death. Raymond graduated from high school at Monette, Arkansas. On May 14, 1938, he married Lucille Richardson of Union, Mississippi. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on the eve of his death.

Raymond worked in Memphis, Tennessee, in various transportation manage¬ ment positions after serving 3 years in World War II in the Army Military Police.

Raymond and Lucille became members of the AIS approximately 40 years ago. He has served as RVP of Region 7 and was a past president of the Memphis Area Iris Society. He worked diligently on various committees when the National Conventions were held in Memphis. He and Lucille also contributed much effort in maintaining the Ketchum Memorial Iris Garden at Memphis Botanic Center. After his retirement approximately 6 years ago, he spent much of his time doing volunteer work at the Methodist-South Hospital in Memphis.

Raymond will be missed by all irisarians who knew him.

Evelyn Kuykendall

1993 JAPANESE IRIS AWARDS

W. A. PAYNE MEDAL

ORIENTAL EYES (A. Vogt) 41 votes

runners-up

FRECKLED GEISHA (L. Reid) 39 votes CAPRICIAN BUTTERFLY (W. Marx) 37 votes JAPANESE PINWHEEL (C. McEwen) 29 votes

AWARD OF MERIT (JI)

VOTES

47 CASCADE CREST (T. Aitken) 38 KALAMAZOO (A. Hazzard)

25 EDGE OF FROST (M. Dienstbach)

HONORABLE MENTION (JI)

19 GALA PERFORMANCE (A. Miller)

14 EXUBERANT CHANTEY (C. McEwen)

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE WISTER MEDAL FUND

Barbara Schmieder (Massachusetts)

Elmohr Iris Society Peter and Lynn Markham Region 20

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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY FOUNDATION April L 1993 to September 30, 1993

CONTRIBUTIONS IN MEMORY OF:

Dr. Raymond C. Allen (AZ)

Tucson Area Iris Society (AZ)

Charles W. Amy, Jr. (LA)

Laurel Bridgman (TX)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Butler (AR)

Marvin Granger (LA)

Dean Lee (TX)

Joseph and Helene Mertzweiller (LA)

Bitsy (CA)

Abe Feuerstein (CA)

James P. McWhirter (CA)

Rosa Brinegar (NE)

Elkhorn Valley Iris Society (NE) Rex Brown (CA)

Ron Mullin (OK)

Virgil Bryant (MO)

Dolores T. Denney (KS) Franklin Carr (NJ)

Kay and Keith Keppel (OR) Sidney L. Conger (LA)

Marie Caillet (TX)

Marvin Granger (LA)

Rose Marie Dean (TX)

New Braunfels Iris Society (TX) Leon and Edith Wolford (TX) Geddes Douglas (TN)

Kay and Keith Keppel (OR)

Leo Framke (IA)

Elkhorn Valley Iris Society (NE) James (Jim) Gibson (CA)

Nell and Glenn Corlew (CA)

Kay and Keith Keppel (OR)

Ron Mullin (OK)

San Fernando Valley Iris Society (CA)

Clara Goula (LA)

Laurel Bridgman (TX)

Kay and Keith Keppel (OR)

Dean Lee (TX)

Dick Pettijohn (NE)

Leon and Edith Wolford (TX) Melba Hamblen (UT)

Sooner State Iris Society (OK) Anita Hannah (CA)

Descano Iris Garden Volunteers (CA)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Plank (CA) San Fernando Valley Iris Society (CA)

Kathryn Heilman (PA)

Region 3, AIS Frank Hutchings (CA)

Nell and Glenn Corlew (CA)

John Kearny (PA)

Region 3, AIS Sue Keefe (TX)

Reblooming Iris Society Grant D. Kegerise (PA)

Nell and Glenn Corlew (CA) Delaware Valley Iris Society Richard and Eleanor Kegerise (PA) Kay and Keith Keppel (OR)

James P. McWhirter (CA)

Dick Pettijohn (NE)

Region 3, AIS

Leon and Edith Wolford (TX) Lucille Krchma (MO)

Dolores T. Denney (KS)

Ivorla Lavacot (TN)

Gus and Charlotte Sindt (MN)

Dorothea Marquart (PA)

Region 3, AIS

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Raymond N. Miller (TN)

Mr. and Mrs. James G. Burch (AL) Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Butler (AR)

Nell and Glenn Corlew (CA)

Kay and Keith Keppel (OR)

James P. McWhirter (CA)

Dick Pettijohn (NE)

Leon and Edith Wolford (TX) Joseph Nyc (CA)

San Fernando Valley Iris Society (CA)

Jayne C. Overholser (IN)

Louisville Area Iris Society (KY)

Ann Probst (MO)

Nell and Glenn Corlew (CA)

Mabel Robertson (NE)

Elkhorn Valley Iris Society (NE)

Walter G. Rupp (MN)

Gus and Charlotte Sindt (MN)

Mrs. Henry Schultz (AL)

Huntsville Chapter AIS (AL)

Lois Seeden (MN)

Gus and Charlotte Sindt (MN)

Lilly Belle Siegrist (KY)

Louisville Area Iris Society (KY)

Robert D. Steele (NM)

Lillian C. Gould (NM)

LaVina Steffensmeier (NE)

Elkhorn Valley Iris Society (NE)

Nancy W. Sword (KY)

Louisville Area Iris Society (KY)

Adolph J. Vogt (KY)

Mike and Ann Lowe (VA)

Jimmy Wage (OK)

Sooner State Iris Society (OK) Lewis M. Willing (KY)

Louisville Area Iris Society (KY) Leon C. Wolford (TX)

Lois B. Arledge (TX)

Robert and Marina Barnett (TX) Laurel Bridgman (TX)

Mr. and Mrs. James G. Burch (AL) Marie Caillet (TX)

Mr. and Mrs. Victor L. Cleland (TX) Hilda Crick (TN)

Ellen Demory (TX)

Guy B., Dorothy and Chris Ely (TX)

Fannin County Iris Society (TX)

Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Fry (TX) Marvin Granger (LA)

Randolph and Milly Hall (TX) Dwayne and Gladine Hayes (TX) Marilyn Holloway (CA)

Dorothy C. Howard (OK)

Kay and Keith Keppel (OR)

James and Mary Law (TX)

W. Dean Lee (TX)

Joseph and Helene Mertzweiller (LA)

Max and Louise Moore (TX) Richard and Elizabeth Moore (TX) Walter Moores (MS)

Ron Mullin (OK)

Dick Pettijohn (NE)

Rainbow Iris Society (TX)

John and Jeanette Reichle (TX)

Dr. and Mrs. Joe J. Simmons (TX) Nina Weaver (TX)

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THE 1993 SOCIETY FOR JAPANESE IRISES CONVENTION

Carol Warner (Maryland)

The Tidewater Ms Society hosted the 1993 convention for the Society for Japanese Mses in Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 3-5. Hospitality was the name of the game as Caryll Randall and all her committee members made sure everyone who attended had a wonderful time.

The show was beautiful! Staged on low tables, which had been specially built to display the Japanese irises at a good viewing height, were Japanese, Siberian, Louisiana and several species irises. Queen of the show went to KYOUMAI, a Japanese exhibited by D. J. Kelly. The show was in the glassed corridor leading to the meeting rooms and remained open throughout the convention. It was amazing to see how well the irises held up for three days with just a little deadheading.

Two days of garden tours were well planned and included the very impressive Norfolk Botanic Gardens and seven private gardens all within 'a close distance from our base hotel. The tours included the Kelly, Smoot, Randall, Dickerson, Dennis, Schwarz-Miller, and Harris gardens. The Japanese irises were not quite at peak bloom but there was definitely plenty to see. Great loud flashing thunder¬ storms both nights gave way to perfect garden viewing weather in the daytime. The irises were definitely sparkling clean and fresh after their nightly shower. Some new and some old varieties impressed me. ELECTRIC RAYS, JOYOUS CAVALIER, ENCHANTMENT, and GLITTER AND GLAMOUR all looked like winners in several gardens. A total of 106 guest irises had been received and were growing very well in the gardens. A couple of seedlings from Lorena Reid were well worth a long look, and 1555-2 by Innerst also looked very nice in a couple of gardens. Unfortunately, many of the guest plants were just covered with bloom stalks and buds but needed another few days before they could show their stuff.

As with most iris conventions, there was plenty of food in all of the gardens and a huge buffet lunch each day and, of course, an opening and closing banquet. Libby Dufresne presented a slide presentation the first evening on the Japanese Gardens at the New York Botanic Garden. Friday evening Carol Warner taught the judges’ training session on exhibition and garden judging of Japanese irises. Saturday evening, Dr. William Ackerman gave a slide lecture showing how he plans his hybridizing and the effects of selfing and crossing to whites to explore the genetic possibilities of a plant. Slides showing the parents and children were quite fascinating.

A boutique featuring the work of Michiko Mellott and an exhibition of “Irises in Art” attracted some of us who like to shop and those who just enjoy looking at beautiful iris artifacts. Bus prizes donated by the Tidewater Iris Society were enjoyed both tour days. This convention was smaller in terms of number of people attending but proved to be outstanding in numbers and types of gardens visited and quality and quantity of iris bloom.

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Youth Views

IT’S ESSAY CONTEST TIME!

Every AIS youth member has the opportunity to participate in the Ackerman Memorial Youth Essay Contest. The topic for 1994 is: “What Being an AIS Youth Member Means to Me. We’d like to hear what you have to say on this subject, so