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Re: E Nesmith

In a message dated 96-12-28 13:05:37 EST, you write:

<< Coincident with the MASS Medley, the National Park Service Museum in
 MA had a special Eliz. Nesmith exhibit.  ( >>

Many people do not know that the rather famous iris (amoena) ELIZABETH NOBLE,
which was once carried by all the big general nurseries like Wayside, Parks,
etc., was named for Elizabeth Nesmith, nee Noble.  Clarence Mahan in VA.  It
was hybridized by the distinguished iris breeder Kenneth Smith of Staten
Island.  Although most iris experts around in the early 50's did not really
appreciate the iris ELIZABETH NOBLE, as it really was not really an
improvement over older amoena pattern irises, the general public seemed to
love it, and I did too. It ranks with  Clarence Mahan in VA

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