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Reference Library

Books, research items, catalogs, iris awards, and more.

“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 Wintners

All varieties are linked to photos – photos will open in new window. Close it to return here. Year      Variety Name Hybridizer, Year 1927 San Francisco Mohr,1927 1929 Dauntless Connell,1929 [...]

An Unofficial Iris Symposium

Conducted by Kenneth D. Smith, Staten Island, New York Reprinted from BAIS April, 1940   What are the best iris in commerce today? A list of 50 or 100 varieties should [...]

Authentication of Iris Cultivars

by Arthur O. Tucker, DE Queen of May Hm-m-m! Is the name correct? Hm-m-m, I wondered. I had tried to obtain the same cultivar from multiple sources to check identifications, [...]

Awards

Awards 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 [...]

British Iris Society – Dykes Medal Winners

Varieties in bold print are linked to photos – photos will open in new window. Close it to return here. Year      Variety Name Hybridizer, Year 1927 Margot Holmes Perry,1927 1929 Joyance Katherine [...]

Flags Back Issues

Did you miss an issue of our eZine Flags? Download back issues here. Flags was published quarterly (tho we’ve missed issues) and is a free offering from the website of the Historic Iris [...]

Frequently Asked Questions about HIPS

F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions about HIPS   [Illustration is the cover of the Templin Company catalog for 1907]Who can help me locate old irises? → Contact our Retail Irises Chair [...]