Articles, reprints, terminology, tips for growing irises and lots of basic information.

“Please Name Me!”

by Mike Lowe, VA What do you do when a box of unknown iris, tagged with a note pleading for identification, is delivered to your doorstep like a basket of [...]

AIS Dykes Medal Winners

All varieties are linked to the AIS wiki – the wiki page will open in new window. Close it to return here. Year      Variety Name Hybridizer, Year 1927 San Francisco [...]

Article: 18 Acres of Iris (1829)

A Commercial Iris Farm – circa 1920 In 1929 John Ravel, foreman of the ‘digging gang’ at Bertrand Farr’s Iris farm wrote this first hand account of his work at [...]

Article: 1929 Checklist – Introduction

Alphabetical Iris Check List 1929 To The Unnamed INTRODUCTION RHS color chart for 1929 In 1922 AND 1923 the American Iris Society published abbreviated check lists (Bulletins 4 and 8) [...]

Article: 1939 Checklist – Introduction

Alphabetical Iris Check List Edited and compiled by Ethel Anson S. Peckham Sloatsburg, N.Y. 1939 JOHN CASPER WISTER First President of the American Iris Society and practiced maker of check lists [...]

Article: A Tale of Three Red Iris

by L. Munro It was the late 1920’s. hybridizers efforts to chart the course of bearded iris development were being rewarded with gratifying results. It should come as no surprise [...]

Article: Historic Irises at Shows

by Joe Spears January, 2005 In 2000 Chapter 26 – Historic Irises – was added to the “Handbook for Judges and Show Officials”. It provided instruction on the proper inclusion [...]

Article: Historic Remontant Irises

by Clarence Mahan, Virginia 1989   [Gibson Girl – Flora Zenor – Rameses See gallery for credit and full varietal info.] Shall we ever see Autumn Sunset again? This old [...]

Article: Historic vs. Modern TB’s

by Joe Spears A lot has been made lately of whether or not in the quest for more lace, more ruffles, new color breaks, horns, flounces and other revolutionary developments, that [...]

Article: In Praise of Noids

By Mike Unser, WA, 2005   I occasionally have someone ask “What do you want those old things for?” as I am curiously begging for a bit of some old iris [...]