CWIS 2013 Iris Show Results

Congratulations to the Can-West Iris Society for their great Iris Show which was held June 9, 2013.  The total number of stems exhibited were 153 with SDBs predominate. There were 91 SDB stems entered in that section. In addition, there were 123 different varieties exhibited.  The results were:

CWIS Section Certificates:
A – MDB – Flea Circus – Brenda Newton
B – SDB – Celebrate – BJ Jackson
C – IB – Blueberry Filly – El Hutchison
D to K – not awarded

CWIS Awards:
People’s Choice Award (voted on by the public) – IB Dragonmaster – El Hutchison
Best Historic Iris in Show – not awarded

Best Canadian Hybridized Stem in Show (sponsored by Chuck Chapman) – SDB Blueberry Tart – BJ Jackson

AIS Awards:
Silver Medal (most first place ribbons) – Brenda Newton
Bronze Medal (second most first place ribbons) – El Hutchison
Best Specimen in Show – IB Blueberry Filly – El Hutchison

Note:  The irises names link to their entries in the Iris Encyclopedia.  The pictures there are not from this show.  We will have some pictures from this show later.


George Sutton, Well-Known Iris Hybridizer, Passes Away

George Sutton, the founder of Sutton’s Iris Gardens and a prolific hybridizer, died May 29, 2013 at the age of 80.  He registered hundreds of irises including some from most of the iris classes.  Two of his Arilbred irises won the William Mohr Medal, ‘Ulalena’ in 2010, and ‘Shabaza’ in 2008.  He and his late wife Margaret were instrumental in creating the Porterville Iris Festival.

Obituaries can be found here and here.  Our condolences to his family.

Vic Seller’s Memorial Iris Garden Event – June 3, 2013

Median IrisA special open garden event for the Vic Seller’s Memorial Iris Garden located at Immanuel Village will be hosted by the garden curator, Ron Crampton.  This special open garden event will be held Monday, June 3rd from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.  Please contact Ron Crampton for details.

Garden details from the Greater Omaha Iris Society website:  Vic Sellers Iris Garden (all Tall Bearded Iris).  Vic established this wonderful garden several years before his death.  Ron Crampton maintains it in Vic’s memory.