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HIST: Eric Nies irises

  • To: <pgipe@igc.org>
  • Subject: HIST: Eric Nies irises
  • From: "Greg McCullough" <icity@msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 08:46:45 -0600
  • Importance: Normal

Hi Nancy...how interesting...your grandfather and Macey's grandfather were
contemporaries and surely knew each other. I would like to help you locate
these iris but the only one in my database, GOLDEN FAIRY, you already have.
However, as you can see from the TO field, I'm sending this to a very active
and informed group on the internet. I'm sure some of the participants will
be able to help you. I would also refer you to www.irises.org  for other
commercial sources of historic iris and particularly to the Historical Iris
Preservation Society at
http://www.worldiris.com/public_html/level1/TOC.html. HIPS was very helpful
several years ago when Macey and I were trying to locate her grandfathers
iris.  Sorry I'm not more help.

Greg McCullough
Iris City Gardens
Primm Springs, Tennessee, USA
Zone 6

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Gipe [mailto:pgipe@igc.org]
> Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2000 10:34 PM
> To: McCullough, Greg
> Subject: Eric Nies irises
> Dear Macey and Greg McCullough,
> I have corresponded with Marie Caillet, who referred me to you, as you
> specialize in old irises.. My grandfather, Eric Nies, hybridized many
> irises in the 1940s. Most of his work was with spurias, and
> the AIS Nies
> Medal for best spuria  is named after him. He did, however, also
> originate a half dozen or so each of  tall bearded, Pacific Coast
> native, and Louisiana varieties. I am searching for any of his irises
> that may have survived to the year 2000. Here are the names of the
> Louisiana irises I know were  introduced by my grandfather: Bayou
> Butterfly, Forget-me-not, Golden Fairy, Green Lustre, Mallard
> Wing, and
> Ruby Throat. So far, my quest has yielded  three Pacific coast natives
> and one Louisiana. The latter is Golden Fairy, for which
> Gordon Rabalais
> of Arnaudville, LA has just sent me rhizomes. I wonder if you might
> possibly have any identified Nies irises in your gardens, or
> know anyone
> who might. Thanks very much for your help!

> I see that you also have antique tall bearded irises. Here are the names
>of the tall bearded irises introduced by my grandfather, Eric Nies, in
>the 1940s: Claremont, Crowned Princess, Fantasy, Gale Storm, Variety
>Girl, plus a yellow self that I have yet to identify. I would be
>interested in knowing whether you might possibly have any of these, in
>addition to the Louisianas I mentioned in my first message.
>Thanks for your help,
>Nancy Nies

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