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Re: Decadence and the AIS awards system
  • Subject: Re: Decadence and the AIS awards system
  • From: Betty Wilkerson <autmirislvr@aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:12:09 -0500 (EST)

If I recall properly, Keith introduced it first and then it was introduced later by Barry. This would make it eligible. Of course, my memory could be getting faulty. I am 30+ ! ;-)

In addition . . . a change should be made to the 7th edition of the Judges Handbook so that it matches. Page 28, under The Dykes Memorial Medal (headline about 2/3 down the page). It states that elgibility is determined by where it was introduced first (underlined) REGARDLESS OF ORIGIN.

The handbook should match the decree.

Betty Wilkerson
Zone 6 KY

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Silverberg <sil1812@molalla.net>
To: iris <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 4:48 pm
Subject: Re: [iris] Decadence and the AIS awards system

I am about to make what may be a major faux pas (read open mouth - - -
insert foot!)

According to AIS Iris Register Decadence was co-introduced by both
and Blyth in 2004. According to the current Judge's Handbook (2007
"The Dykes Medal for America is awarded annually by the British Iris
through the American Iris Society, and is restricted to irises FIRST
introduced in the U.S. or Canada REGARDLESS of origin." end quote (The
are mine and only first is underlined in the Handbook.)

I suppose we could be picky and say that because of dual introduction
is was not specifically introduced in the U.S. BUT, under the rules
governing the awarding of the Dykes Medal, at the time of introduction,
may be argued that its introduction in the U.S. in 2004 did indeed meet
requirements for being awarded the Dykes Medal should the AIS judges
vote it
the award since the Handbook (in 2007) is silent on the point of dual

I can't say that Decadence has always performed well for me. When first
acquired it didn't seem to like where it was planted. Two years later I
transplanted it into another bed about 15 feet away. It is now
performing up
to what I deem to be its potential for an award winning iris.

Dave Silverberg

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michhle BERSILLON" <auxiris5@orange.fr>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:41 AM
Subject: [iris] Decadence and the AIS awards system

Not to annoy anyone, but Decadence isn't eligible for the Dykes
Medal; the
highest award it could hope for is the Wister medal (not that I think
deserves this) because it is an iris that was bred and developed in
Australia. The American Dykes medal is ONLY for irises bred and
in the United States or Canada. Please remember that the "American"
medal is a British Iris Society award that is offered through the
There are two other Dykes medals: the one offered to Australian and
think) New Zealand irises that is exclusively for those plants bred
developed there and and the other available to either British or
irises, provided the breeder is a member of the BIS.

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