Re: The Black List
From: John I Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Walter Moores wrote:
> The black listed irises were discussed sometime ago (maybe two years
> back), but I am sure you could find this in the archives.
Actually it was 6/7/97 and certainly worth reopening a discussion about.
Anner Whitehead (now HIPSOURCE@AOL>COM) wrote:
<<I would be quite interested in viewing the contents of this
famous/infamous AIS black list. Could someone advise as to where it may
be found in printed form? How long is the list? Was it an annual
edition/compilation for a number of years or a once only happening?
Interesting item. >>
There is an article on this subject, the officially sanctioned AIS
in the Fall '91 issue of ROOTS, the journal of the Historic Iris Preservation
Society (HIPS), the special interest group of AIS dedicated to irises more
than thirty years old. It quotes the AIS Bulletin in 1925 thus:
" By vote of the Directors, January 29, 1925, the following varieties of Tall
Bearded Irises are considered as unworthy of further propagation. All members
should refrain from assisting in their dissemination whether by purchase, by
sale, by exchange, or by gift."
There follows a long list of pariahs, most of which are obscure, but some of
which are startling, e.g. HONORABILE, PLUMERI, HARLEQUIN and CHENODOLLE.
There was also a White List and this is also printed in the article.
Back issues of ROOTS are available for $4.00 each, including postage, and may
be ordered from HIPS Publications Director Ruth Simmons, Rt. 1, Box 67,
Walters, OK 73572.
Anner Whitehead, Richmond, VA
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