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(updated December 22 2012)
outline why you think this individual should be nominated for the Walker
Ross Service Award. All nominations should be submitted by July 1, 2013 as a
vote will take place at the July CIS Board of Directors meeting. The recipient
will be announced later in 2013.
The Walker Ross Service Award - 2008
The Walker Ross Service Award for 2008 was awarded this year to Sandy Ives. This is awarded for outstanding work and performance to the Canadian Iris Society and was donated to the society in memory of longtime CIS member Walker Ross by the Owls club of Burlington, Ontario of which Walker Ross was a member.
Awarded in 2008 to Sandy Ives of Ottawa, Ontario for his dedication to promoting the genus iris through the following endeavors:
For his many years of promoting the Canadian Iris Society and specifically for his excellent guidance and unwavering determination in the creation of the revised CIS Constitution. This was an arduous task taking a number of years to complete. The new CIS Constitution was ratified in November 2007 and the final result is a vastly improved document which will guide the functioning and structure of the CIS now and in the future.
Sandy Ives also previously served as the AIS RVP for Region 16 (Canada) and currently looks after the AIS Judges training program for AIS Region 16.
Congratulations and thank you, Sandy Ives!
Photo: Sandy Ives of Ottawa, Ontario.
American Iris Society (AIS) Awards
AIS 2010 Awards announced:
PAUL BLACK a 2003 tall bearded iris introduction by hybridizer Thomas Johnson. 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.
Here we make available a summary of iris awards given by the AIS (American Iris Society) and an explanation of the qualifications for the awards. The AIS is recognized as the official world registry of iris varieties and as such its awards are held in very high regard internationally. To review the AIS Awards listings for a specific year please follow the links below:
Dykes Memorial Medal: The Dykes Medal is the highest award of the AIS. Awarded to no more than one iris per year. Named for one of the co-founders of the AIS, William Rickatson Dykes (1877-1925). It is open to iris from any category starting the year after they first win the medal award of their own category. They are then eligible to compete for 3 years, plus when an iris from a particular category wins the Dykes Medal, the following year both the category medal winner and 1st runner up in that category become eligible to move into the Dykes medal competition. Only AIS registered judges may vote.
Medals: There are Medals awarded to irises of each specific category type and they are eligible the second year after receiving an Award of Merit (or equivalent). One medal for each classification is given each year. Only AIS registered judges may vote.
The Medal awards and the various categories:
John C. Wister Medal: Tall Bearded (now 3 awarded each year)
Award of Merit (AM) awards are given to irises from each classification each year. Any iris is eligible the second year after previously winning an Honorable Mention (HM). Only AIS registered judges may vote.
Honorable Mention (HM) awards are awarded each year to irises of each classification. Registered bearded irises are eligible the second year after introduction. Registered beardless irises are eligible the third year after introduction.
High Commendation (HC) awards are reserved for seedling irises, viewed in the garden by AIS judges, under seedling number or registered name, which have not been introduced into commerce yet. Any seedling of any established classification that receives five votes is granted an HC award.
There are several popularity awards as well. These awards are voted on by any AIS members (not necessarily judges). These are voted on at AIS National and Regional conventions and by symposium ballot. These awards include the President's Cup, the Cook Cup, etc.
For more extensive information on AIS Awards please go the American Iris Society website located at: www.irises.org
Great Lakes - Dykes Medal 1942
GREAT LAKES is a TB iris of Canadian origin
and a Dykes Medal winner in 1942.
Photo: GREAT LAKES (Cousins' 1938) a TB iris
Ruby Eruption - Cook-Douglas Medal 2006
RUBY ERUPTION was the winner of the 2006 Cook-Douglas Medal, the top American Iris Society (AIS) award for Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB) irises. Hybridized by Canadian Chuck Chapman of Guelph, Ontario and introduced in 1997, this iris also previously won the following AIS awards; AM 2002, HM 2000
The following is the catalogue description as it appeared when it was first introduced in the Chuck Chapman Iris catalogue of 1997: RUBY ERUPTION, SDB, 12 inches, ML., Standards are heavily marked very dark ruby red (almost red-black) over glowing bright yellow ground. Falls are bright glowing yellow blending to light yellow centers; wide dark ruby plicata edge and very narrow yellow rim. Cream beards with dark orange tips. Bright dramatic colors pull you from across the garden. Wide, ruffled, good substance. 92-100-1 (RUSTY DUSTY x CHUBBY CHEEKS)
Photo: RUBY ERUPTION (Chapman 1997) a SDB iris
Walker Ross - William Mohr Medal 2006
WALKER ROSS was the winner of the 2006 William Mohr Medal, the top AIS award for ArilBred (AB) irises (Arilbred irises of ¼ but less than ½ aril content). The iris WALKER ROSS was hybridized by Canadian Walker Ross of Burlington, Ontario. The seedling was named, registered and introduced on behalf of Walker Ross by Chuck Chapman of Guelph, Ontario. It was recognized that the seedling had the potential to be a top quality AB iris and it has certainly achieved every expectation!
The following catalogue description is from its introduction in the Chuck Chapman Iris catalogue of 1998: WALKER ROSS (Walker Ross) AB, 30 inches, M, Standards and falls are cool white with many dark violet blue stripes from the center to the edges. Style arms are violet. The beards are a wide dark blue tipped bronze appearing black at first glance. This flower is large and global in shape. This iris is the best from Walker who has always been modest and very critical of his own plants. He agreed to the introduction of this plant before he died in 1992. Its has won EC at the Canadian Iris Show and many have been eagerly awaiting its introduction. SW-W13 (SPINNING WHEEL x W13(1/2 Aril).
photo: Chuck Chapman of Guelph, Ontario with the iris WALKER ROSS (Walker Ross 1998) an AB iris