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Hybridizer Charles "Carl" Spencer Milliken (1876-1958)

Arcadia, California, USA

A visit to the Milliken garden, in Arcadia, is an inspiration to any iris lover. The landscape is made up with not only extensive beds of bearded irises, but includes spurias, oncos and the Louisiana species. These vast beds are flanked with flowering trees and shrubs and there is no period of the iris season when some of them are not in bloom to enhance the beauty of the iris setting. The iris displayed in this garden are essentially those of Milliken's own introduction and those of Mr. White and Mr. Nies. Outstanding Milliken iris are Spring Sunshine, a huge medium yellow, good substance, tall sturdy stalks, good branching. Grand Marshal, flowers large buff yellow, flushed brown at the haft. It is a good pollen and pod parent. Arcadia Buttercup is such a solid bright yellow, it glows under any weather conditions-a flash in the garden, probably the brightest yellow; medium large flowers, perfect form, good substance, Rose Gold, a rose gold blend, different and outstanding-not tall or large, a color gem for the front of the border. Rose Bowl-if you like China Maid you will like this one a few shades darker. Painted Desert-this you can see "as is" in the color plate. Tournament Queen, a very large well balanced flower grown on tall, nicely branched stems, exceptional color. Appointee (C. G. White) is about as green as any, with large flowers, good substance; tall and very late. Dixie Belle (Milliken), medium large, both standards and falls ruffled, warm white. On first approach to this iris one is reminded of Snow Flurry but it is entirely different, medium tall, good substance-an iris for every garden. [G. H. Murray, “The Rainbow of San Fernando," The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 87-88.]


Arilbred: 'Mohr Beauty', 'Mother's Day',

Border Bearded: 'Muted Blue', 'Spring Show'.

Intermediate Bearded: 'Deep Mahogany', 'Manila', 'Preview',.

Louisiana: 'Fulvaflav'.

Miniature Dwarf Bearded: 'Little Black Sambo',

Spuria: 'Mt. Whitney', 'Mt. Wilson', 'Wadi Zem Zem', 'White Heron'.

Tall Bearded: 'Adornment', 'Amber Beam', 'Arcadia Buttercup', 'Autumn Leaf', 'Bel Air', 'Betsy Ross', 'Beverly Hills', 'Blue Crystal', 'Blue River', 'Blue Spire', 'Brazil', 'Bronze Emblem', 'Buddha', 'Burning Driftwood', 'Carmelita', 'China Bowl', 'China Boy', 'China Lady', 'China Maid', 'Chrysolite', 'Daphne Pink', 'Day's Farewell', 'Debut', 'Desert Sands', 'Desert Star', 'Desirable', 'Dixie Belle', 'Dixie Sunshine', 'Dusty Peach', 'Early Spring', 'Elusive', 'Father's Day', Ferric', 'Flagstaff', 'Forest Violet', 'Fort Knox', 'Glendorette', 'Gold Creek', 'Golden Canopy', 'Golden Cloud', 'Grand Marshal', 'Greetings', 'Ivory Queen', 'Kern Valley', 'King's Ransom', 'La Canada', 'Laelia Pink', 'Lord Marmion', 'Lovely Lucinda', 'Luscious Lucy', 'Luxuria', 'Michillinda', 'Miss Pink', 'Mohr Beauty', 'Montecito', 'Mother's Day', 'Mountain Sky', 'Mount Cloud', 'Nantucket', 'Navajo Brave', 'Nivernais', 'Old Bronze', 'Old Cranberry', 'Old Ironsides', 'Opera Cape', 'Painted Desert', 'Palos Verdes', 'Peru', 'Quiet Hour', 'Rancho', 'Raven Wing', 'Red Flare', 'Regal Beauty', 'Rose Bowl', 'Rose Gold', 'Royal Crest', 'Royal Salute', 'Russian Bronze', 'San Marino', 'San Pasqual', 'Serenata', 'Sherwood Forest', 'Sleepy Hollow', 'Spanish Cavalier', 'Sparkling Frost', 'Spring Dance', 'Spring Meadow', 'Sping Serenade', 'Spring Sunshine', 'Springtime Madonna', 'Sungold', 'Sunset Cloud', 'Sunset Haze', 'Tehachapi', 'The Missimo', 'Tindalao', 'Tis Morn', 'Touch O Blue', 'Touraine', 'Tournament of Roses', 'Tournament Princess', 'Tournament Queen', 'Trail Blazer', 'Troubadour', 'Vale of Kashmir', 'Veiled In Mystery', 'Venetian Red', 'White Heather', 'White Spire'.

-- BobPries - 2012-05-18
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C.S.Milliken.jpgjpg C.S.Milliken.jpg manage 2 MB 01 Dec 2022 - 13:21 DavidPotembski Scanned by David Potembski from AIS Bulletin #133 (Apr. 1954), p. 11.
Topic revision: r27 - 01 Dec 2022, DavidPotembski
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