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Re: HIST: Peabody Irises?

From: HIPSource@aol.com

Walter Moores, your memory is superb. 

There is indeed a fascinating article on the subject of Peabody College and 
irises in the Sping 1996 issue of ROOTS, the Journal of the Historic Iris 
Preservation Society, reprinted in part from an article in The Peabody 
Reflector of 1992, sent to the ROOTS Editor by---- Walta! This is 
unquestionably where I first became aware of the tradition of Peabody giving 
graduates a rhizome. 

The article confirms that in a variety of ways a great number of rhizomes 
came to the Peabody campus from the beds of Nashville's very notable 
hybridizers, including Chancellor Kirkland, Dr. Glenn, Dr. Floyd Brailler, 
Mr. Clarence Connell, and Mr. J.A. Washington. Contributions also came from 
Tom Williams, as well as other eminent collectors in the Nashville area. It 
also says that "the old purple flag...came wholesale," which would seem to 
indicate that at least initially there was also I. germanica.

Interestingly, the article says the first mention of rhizomes being given to 
graduates was in the July 1945 issue of the Reflector, which leaves us still 
wondering about which iris the fellow needs for the mother who graduated in 
the 'thirties....

Anner Whitehead

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