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HYB:Publicity for Schreiner's

The May 27, 2002 issue of U. S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT arrived 
at the library today.  There is an article about how homeowners
are "turning inward and toward their homes."  Since 9/11, "there
has been a groundswell of people who want more trees [and plants],
cost what they may." Some Japanese maples sell for $1,300 and
people are buying them.  One even sold for $28,000!

There is a picture of a bloom of Schreiner's PRESBY'S CROWN JEWEL.

The following is the quote from the article about Schreiner's. 

"The yen for novelty extends to flowers.  Schreiner's is a Salem,
Ore., family business that has bred, cultivated, and sold only
irises since 1925.  Eleven of its latest hybrids sell at $50
per rhizome - that's the fibrous, thumb-size root.  This year's
No. 1 Schreiner creation is PRESBY'S CROWN JEWEL.  Its six-inch
blooms display a feathered rim of blue-violet against immaculate
white.  The 'beard'--the fuzzy growth in the middle of the three
outer leaves--is lemon yellow.  Each stalk, rising up to 36 inches,
sports seven to nine buds.  What makes this iris notable is the 
combination of three colors, each of them luminous."

"'We sell out new introductions every year, between 100
and 200 per introduction,' says Steve Schreiner.  'We won't sell
more because we need them for breeding stock.'  But the price
of early'90s award winners has dropped as low as $7.50, as the
nursery has since propagated thousands of them.  Many an iris
lover contends their colors and flares are no less
stunning than today's champs.  But the elite gardener doesn't
mind paying extra for the thrill of hosting this year's beauty

Walter Moores
Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8

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