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Re: Decadence and the AIS awards system
  • Subject: Re: Decadence and the AIS awards system
  • From: John Jones <>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:34:34 -0800

I think some clarification is in order here. What Dave has said about the origin of an iris in regards to its eligibility for the Dykes award is true, however the AIS Board realized that it was in error and at the Fall 2009 Board meeting reaffirmed the following:

"The American Dykes Medal is awarded annually by the British Iris Society through The American Iris Society and is restricted to irises first ORIGINATED  AND INTRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.  Irises originated elsewhere, although not eligible for the American Dykes Medal, are eligible for other AIS awards provided that the iris was first introduced in the United States or Canada."  <capitalization added by me>

The Judges Handbook has not yet been updated to reflect this. Thus DECADENCE is not eligible for the American Dykes.

At the same meeting they also adopted the following:

That the Handbook for Judges and Show Officials (page 24), under the modified HONORABLE MENTION AWARD, in keeping with the original intent of SIGNA the words "...and bearded SPEC and SPEC-X" be deleted.


On Jan 11, 2012, at 2:43 PM, Dave Silverberg wrote:

> 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 Keppel and Blyth in 2004. According to the current Judge's Handbook (2007 edition) quote
> "The Dykes Medal for America is awarded annually by the British Iris Society through the American Iris Society, and is restricted to irises FIRST introduced in the U.S. or Canada REGARDLESS of origin." end quote (The caps are mine and only first is underlined in the Handbook.)
> I suppose we could be picky and say that because of dual introduction that 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, it may be argued that its introduction in the U.S. in 2004 did indeed meet the 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 introduction.
> 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" <>
> To: <>
> 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 it deserves this) because it is an iris that was bred and developed in Australia.  The American Dykes medal is ONLY for irises bred and developed in the United States or Canada.  Please remember that the "American" Dykes medal is a British Iris Society award that is offered through the AIS. There are two other Dykes medals:  the one offered to Australian and (I think) New Zealand irises that is exclusively for those plants bred and developed there and and the other available to either British or European irises, provided the breeder is a member of the BIS.
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