All AIS awards except ECs are based on voting by AIS judges on performance in the garden.
HC – Highly Commended – for a non-introduced seedling as judged in the garden and receiving five judged votes.
EC – Exhibition Certificate – awarded to the best seedling in an iris show or receiving five votes from judges present.
HM – Honorable Mention – award for an introduced variety, eligible the second year after its introduction.
AM – Award of Merit – required award for eligibility for all yearly awards (eligible second year after receiving HM)
|Special Medals – Yearly awards – given to the top voted cultivar.|
|Medal Name||Iris classification type|
|Caparne-Welch Medal:||Miniature Dwarf Bearded|
|Cook-Douglas Medal:||Standard Dwarf Bearded|
|Hans and Jacob Sass Medal:||Intermediate Bearded|
|Knowlton Medal:||Border Bearded|
|Williamson-White Medal:||Miniature Tall Bearded|
|John C. Wister Medal:||Tall Bearded|
|C. G. White Medal:||Aril (1/4 Ancestry)|
|William Mohr Medal:||ArilBred (pure to 1/2 breed)|
|J. A. Payne Medal:||Japanese|
|Mary Swords Deballion Medal:||Louisiana|
|Founders of SIGNA Medal:||Species|
|Randolph-Perry Medal:||Species X|
|Sydney B. Mitchell Medal:||Pacifica|
|Eric Nies Medal:||Spuria|
|Fred and Barbara Walther Cup:||Winner of most HM votes|
|Dykes Memorial Medal||Highest Award of any class
Must have won an AM to qualify