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Region 20 newsletter article


     As part of the 1998 American Iris Society convention to be held in
Colorado, there will be a separate bed of Arilbred guests.

     Arilbreds are descended from crosses of "normal" bearded irises and the
beautiful and exotic Aril species of the Middle East.  Arilbreds tend to be
characterized by a distinctive rounded flower form and a dark spot or
"signal" on the falls just below the beards.  They posess an aura of sublime
mystery, perhaps unmatched by any other flower.

     Each year the American Iris Society holds its convention in a different
area of the United States.  The highlight of the convention is the many
plantings of "guest" irises.  Hybridizers from all over the country send
their most promising seedlings and recent introductions to be critically
viewed and to compete for awards.  Region 20 placed a notice in the Aril
Society newsletter soliciting guest iris for an exclusively Arilbred planting
for the 1998 convention.

     The Arilbred bed will be in the garden of Region 20 RVP Glenna Chapman.
 Glenna lives in the foothills along West Plum Creek south of Sedalia.  At an
altitude of 6500 feet, her bloom season is usually delayed at least a week
from that of mile high Denver.  This circumstance gives the Arilbreds, which
usually bloom earlier than the Tall Bearded Iris, an excellent chance to be
in full bloom for the convention.  Twenty varieties were sent.  They include
some recent introductions from Lin Flanagan, Paul Black, Hooker Nichols,
Darlene Pinegar, Carl Boswell and the late Howard Shockey.  There are also
seedlings (varieties being considered for introduction) from Caroline Ryan,
Carl Boswell, Scott Jordan and Lowell Baumunk.  Of special interest are the
four Shockey hybrids sent by Irene Shockey of Albuquerque.  They are DESERT
FURY, LANCER, SHEBA'S JEWEL and ENERGIZER, and they are simply four of the
most gorgeous iris in existence!  Trust me about that, but be sure to see for
yourself at the 1998 AIS convention.

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