apt and timely suggestion of John Weiler. It was pointed out that this was to be a service award, not a hybridizer's award.
The award committee is now composed of past recipients and the currently serving president of the Reblooming Iris Society.
The first recipient was Raymond G. Smith who promoted rebloomers at a time when they faced a lack of credibility and a great deal of scorn.
Distinguished Service Award recipients are:
1997 -- Raymond G. Smith
1998 -- John Weiler and Lloyd Zurbrigg
1999 -- Ben Hager, Earl Hall, and Frank Jones
2000 -- Rosalie Figge
2009 -- Charlie Brown
In 1998, John Weiler's far-reaching proposal was accepted to issue an International Certificate of Recognition to award rebloomer supports in
a foreign country.
International Certification of Recognition recipients are:
1998 -- Giovanni Edoardo Nogaro of Italy received the first International Certificate.
1999 -- Nico de Geus of the Netherlands
2003 -- Freda Cook of Great Britain
See also the Features Page
Awards: All AIS awards except ECs are based on voting by AIS judges on performance in the garden
HC - Highly Commended - for a non-introduced seedling as judged in the garden and receiving five judges votes.
EC - Exhibition Certificate - awarded to the best seedling in an iris show or receiving five votes from judges present.
HM - Honorable Mention - award for an introduced variety eligible the second year after its introduction.
AM - Award of Merit - required award for eligibility for all yearly awards (eligible second year after receiving HM)
Special Medals - Yearly awards given to the top voted cultivar
All awards. by year, are shown on the AIS website: Awards-Symposiums
||Iris Classification Type
|Caparne-Welch Medal:||Miniature Dwarf Bearded|
|Cook-Douglas Medal:||Standard Dwarf Bearded|
|Hans and Jacob Sass Medal:||Intermediate Bearded|
|Knowlton Medal:||Border Bearded|
|Williamson-White Medal:||Minature Tall Bearded|
|John C. Wister Medal:||Tall Bearded|
|C. G. White Medal:||Aril (1/4 Ancestry)|
|William Mohr Medal:||ArilBred (pure to 1/2 breed)|
|J. A. Payne Medal:||Japanese|
|Mary Swords Deballion Medal:||Louisiana|
|Founders of SIGNA Medal:||Species|
|Randolph-Perry Medal:||Species X|
|Eric Nies Medal:||Spuria|
|Fred and Barbara Walther Cup:||Winner of most HM votes|
|Dykes Memorial Medal:
||Highest Award of
Must have won an AM to qualify