Allan Ensminger Iris Photos Needed

‘Batik’

Allan Ensminger of Lincoln, Nebraska, a Region 21 hybridizer, was known for his work on variegated, broken color irises. Among these was the 1992 Knowlton Medal winner ‘Batik’ and the IB ‘Hubbub’. In 2007 he won the Bennett C. Jones Award for Outstanding Median Hybridizing from the Median Iris Society. Other awards include the AIS Distinguished Service Medal in 1983 and the AIS Hybridizer Award in 1994.

You can see photos of his irises in the Iris Encyclopedia starting with this page. That is of many of them; there are a considerable number that do not have photos. To help remedy that, this is a page listing his irises that need photos.

Can you help provide photos? You can either add them to the appropriate page in the Iris Encyclopedia or contact me and I will be glad to add them. Wayne Messer wrmesser@gmail.com .

Thank you!

Nebraska Hybridizers in World of Irises Post

The American Iris Society the World of Irises blog has frequent posts covering iris topics and always including great iris photos.  Jean Richter recently wrote “Space Age Iris of the Early 21st Century” which included two Nebraska hybridizers.  LeRoy Meininger was represented by ‘Beneath My Wings’ (2005) HM 2007, AM 2011.  Leonard and Kathy Jedlicka’s ‘Isadora Belle’ (2009) is the other Nebraska space ager shown.  (Both of these cultivar links are to the Iris Encyclopedia entries.)  One of the things I learned by checking the cultivars’ entries is that Jedlicka’s iris pedigree included one of Meininger’s seedlings.

Thank you to all our Region’s hybridizers for their contributions.

Bonus Note: You can see the most recent 100 titles (with links and automatically updated) from the World of Irises here.

Region 21 Hybridizers at the AIS Convention

Region 21 was well represented by guest irises from its hybridizers at the recently concluded Convention “Rhythm of the Prairie”.  The hybridizers were:

Links are to each hybridizer’s page on the Iris Encyclopedia.

Their introductions competed for the President’s Cup voted by all registrants at the Convention.  The results, you may have seen these on Facebook and they will be in the Irises Bulletin, are:

All seedlings, Region 21 or not, compete for the Lloyd Zurbrig – Clarence Mahan Seedling Cup.  LeRoy Meininger’s seedling LM-14-03 was the 1st Runner-up for this cup.

Thank you to all our hybridizers for the guest irises and congratulations to all the winners!

‘Miss Region Twenty-One’

This is a SDB by Allan Ensminger , of Region 21, that I recently noticed in the Iris Encyclopedia. This is the information about ‘Miss Region Twenty-One’.  Unfortunately,  there is no photo available for this iris.  Does anyone have a photo we can add?  Also, any other information, such as how the name was chosen, would be useful.  Does anyone have this iris in their garden?