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American Iris Society AIS Awards 2011

American Iris Society AIS Awards 2010

American Iris Society AIS Awards 2009

 Dykes Memorial Medal:

First awarded in 1927, the Dykes Medal is the highest award of the AIS. Awarded to no more than one iris per year. Irises are eligible as a Dykes Medal candidate for three years following the winning of a classification medal. Only AIS registered judges may vote.



(R. Tasco, R. 2000)

Heavily ruffled gold, overlaid bronze, highlighted with darker bronze at the edge, bright golden orange beard. Guadalajara X 90-02-03: (Marsh Light x Dazzling Gold).....Wister Medal 2006... AIS AM 2004... AIS HM 2002..... #1 Favorite Guest Iris at Memphis 2002 American Iris Society National Convention. Winner of the Presidents Cup award at the 2004 AIS Convention, Fresno, California. (photo by Rick Tasco)




(Tom Johnson, R. 2002)

 Dykes Medal winner 2010, Wister Medal 2009, AM 2007, HM 2005. At the 2004 AIS Convention in Fresno, California, this iris was voted most the popular iris seen in convention gardens from a hybridizer outside of the host region (AIS Region 14). For this it received the Cook Cup, an annual award of the AIS Convention. Height= 42inches Season= Mid-Late. This dark purple self demonstrates all around excellence. Show-bench stems bear 11-12 triple-socketed buds. Large flowers have excellent ruffled form and are smoothly saturated in dark purple color. The dark orange beards create a fascinating color combination and a pronounced spicy fragrance enhances its appeal.



(K. Keppel, R. 2003)

AIS Dykes Medal winner, the TB iris Drama Queen hybridized by Keith Keppel of Oregon. Description: TB (Keppel 2003) Height: 38" Bloom Season: Early-Mid. Previous AIS awards: HM 2005, AM 2007, Wister Medal 2009. This plicata style pattern tall bearded iris has dark rich cyclamen-purple colored standards. The golden buff falls are dramatically overlaid with showy cyclamen-purple veining and banding, this iris also has a slight sweet fragrance. (Tangled Web X Epicenter) (photo by Rick Tasco)