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1996 Winners in Florence Italy

I just sent the following information to Scott A. for the International News
column in the January AIS Bulletin.  A couple of people had previously asked
me if I had this info, and I did not until yesterday.  People on the list get
information faster that others, so here are the irises that picked up top
prizes in Italy this year:

                      International Iris Competition in Florence 1996

In 1996, the Primo Firenze (Gold Florin) in the Florence, Italy competition
was the Schreiners CELEBRATION SONG.  This is the same outstanding cultivar
that tied for lst Runner Up for the Cook Cup in 1995.  Other winners at

2nd Tuscany Region Cup
     MESCALERO CHIEF (Hedgecock, USA)

3rd Silver Plate of the Industrial Organization
     COONALPYN (l. Donnell, Australia)

4th Italian Iris Society Silver Medal
     LA SERENISSIMA (N. Scopes, Great Britain)

5th Honorable Mention: BUONGIORNO April (V. Romoli, Italy)

6th Honorable Mention: ELEGANT IMPRESSIONS (Schreiner, USA)

7th Honorable Mention: KENS CHOICE (L. Donnell, Australia)

8th Honorable Mention: DOWN UNDER (N. Scopes, Great Britain)

9th Honorable Mention: OMINOUS STRANGER (Innerst, USA)

10th Honorable Mention: VIOLET DAWSON (Niswonger, USA)

Special Prizes
Comune de Firenze Silver Plate for the Best Red Variety: 
               NEW CENTURION (Schreiner, USA)

Rora and Luciano Bausi Silver Plate for the Best Deep Blue Variety:
               STOCK EXCHANGE (G. Grosvenor, Australia)

Chamber of Commerce Cup for the Best Commercial Variety:
               CELEBRATION SONG (Schreiner, USA)

Louise Branch Cup for the Best Branched Variety:
               RASPBERRY SPLENDOR (Niswonger, USA)

Piaggio Cup for the Best Early Variety:
               VERDE LUNA (V. Romoli, Italy)

Florence Garden Club Cup for the Most Original Color:
                OMINOUS STRANGER (Innerst, USA)

Perugia Garden Club Cup for the Best Scented Variety:
                PERFUMED LADY (L. Donnell, Australia)

Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Prize for the Italian Hybridizer with the Best
Variety in the First Five:
V.  Romoli

Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Prize for the European (other than Italian)
Hybridizer with the Best Variety in the First Five:
                Nora Scopes (Great Britain)

Arezzo Garden Club Cup for the Best Late TB Variety:
                 ELEGANT IMPRESSIONS (Schreiner, USA)

Collodi Garden Cup for the Best Border Bearded Iris:
	     ON WINGS ((B. James, Australia)

Clarence Mahan in VA

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