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Awards of the American Iris Society
Awards for Registered and Introduced Iris
These recipients of these Awards are selected annually by American Iris Society Judges.
- Honorable Mention (HM)
- First award to introduced irises based on garden performance.
A detailed listing of Louisiana iris who won the HM and subsequent awards.
- Walther Cup
- Given to the iris which received the most votes for HM
- Award of Merit (AM)
- Second award. Prior to 1985, introduced Louisiana iris where elegible for
only the HM and the Debaillon Award. Starting in 1985, Louisiana iris were
elegible for the HM, Award of Merit and the Debaillion MEDAL.
A detailed listing of Award of Merit Louisiana iris
- Third award, one named medal in each class of iris annually awarded.
- Dykes Memorial Award
- Fourth award, now given annually to one iris which has received a medal.
The American Dykes Medal has been awarded since 1927. The Louisiana iris winners of
the Mary Swords Debaillon Medal are now elegible for the Dykes but so far, only Tall Bearded iris
and one Border Bearded iris, Brown Lassso have won the Dykes.
Swords DeBallion MEDAL
- Up until 1985, the highest award exclusively for Louisiana iris was the Mary
Swords DeBallion AWARD. After 1985, the AWARD was discontinued and
replaced with the AWARD OF MERIT (AM). The highest award exclusively for Louisiana iris
is now the Mary Swords DeBallion MEDAL.
Three Louisiana iris, Ann Chowning, Clara Goula and Easter Tide
have won both the Debaillon Award and Debaillon
Medal. After the Debaillon Award was replaced by the Debaillon Medal, previous
Award winners were elegible to win the Medal.
A detailed listing of DeBallion winners
Awards for Iris Seedlings
The recipients of these Awards are chosen annually by American Iris Society judges.
- Exhibition Certificate (EC)
- Awarded to seedlings (irises not introduced to commerce) at iris shows
- High Commendation Award (HC)
- Awarded to seedlings based on garden performance
- President's Cup and Franklin Cook Cup
- These are awarded at the annual national convention of the American Iris
Society. The President's
cup is awarded to the most popular iris inside the host region, and the
Franklin Cook Cup to the most popular iris outside the host region. Everyone
who attends the convention is elegible to vote for these awards.
In 1951, the AIS convention was held in Shreveport, Louisiana and the
Louisiana Iris, Cherry Bounce won the President's Cup. Cherry
Bounce went on to win the 1951 Debaillon Award with 36 votes an unusually
high number of votes for the time.
- Other Popular Awards
- The Charles Arny Jr. Award.
of the Society of Louisiana Iris is another example of a popular award. All members of
the SLI are elegible to vote in the SLI Popularity Poll. The most popular iris in the Popularity Poll
recieves the Charles Arny Jr. Award.
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