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Re: Cleo Palmer

RMTURLEY@aol.com wrote:
> Dennis:
> << 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. - 
Tulsa OK.
(Most of the info came from the Region 22 Newsletter, July 1996 by 
Loretta Aaron.)

Regards,  Dennis

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