BLACK SWAN was first registered by Orville Fay in
In 1960 he transferred the name to a different
seedling, #57-18, which was co-introduced by Fay himself together with
Steve Moldovan that same year.
The variety captured a string of significant
awards--High Commendation in 1958, then after introduction Honorable Mention,
1960, Judges Choice, 1961, and the Award of Merit 1962.
BLACK SWAN was a wonderful performer for me in
Idaho, and judging by the string of awards, it must have been equally satisfying
in wide areas of the country. I thought it quite elegant with its
classic simplicity of line and form.
The LOGO on the fronts of the Check Lists beginning
with the 1959, the glue-on seals once sold by the Society and on letterheads
too, if I remember rightly, may have been based on Black Swan. The form
certainly does resemble the iris as I remember it, in fact resembles
it quite strongly.
Thanks for the photo--a good one!
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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