Re: Cleo Palmer
> << The gentleman who introduced "ToF" and other recent intros, passed away
> recently. Mr. Cleo Palmer will be missed. >>
> Could you give us a biographic synopsis of Mr. Cleo Palmer? I enjoy reading
> about distinguished personalities in horticulture.
> Robert Turley
Cleo Palmer - 1927-1996
He was a gentleman, a kind man who never engaged in idle conversation.
He was a private person. He was very active in Region 22 and the Sooner
State Iris Society. He attended most functions and seldom came without a
sack of garden treasures. He enjoyed Asiatic & Calla Lilies, species
irises, Gladioli, and seedling trees from his Goldenrain tree.
Cleo farmed near Geary OK and had a commercial garden, where he engaged
into hybridizing. Most of his work was done in SDB and Medians, but
also TB and Arils. First introduction was an SDB - CANARY PRINCE.
Two famous intros were TWIST OF FATE and SEA PATROL.
Some awards include - Sass Medal for SEA PATROL; SNOW FESTIVAL - 1980
International Comp. Vienna Austria; MINDNIGHT INTRUDER - International
Comp. 1988; Vienna Austria. Several AM's and HM's.
TWIST OF FATE won the President's Cup at the 1980 AIS National Conv. -
(Most of the info came from the Region 22 Newsletter, July 1996 by