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Foundation Irises

"Scientists consider a species to be biologically successful on the basis of how well it carries on its progeny. Cultivars are biologically successful if they produce many descendants. Some produce many more then others. These high performers can be considered the foundation of the populations we presently see. I call them Foundation Irises."---Bob Pries

One might expect that highly esteemed Iris such as Dykes Medal winners would all be Foundation Irises but often they are not. And a few irises that have never won high awards have still been honored for their contribution to the gene pool by the AIS board crowning them with the Board Of Director's Award. But this has been very few.

Winners of the AIS Board of Directors Award
Year Iris Type Hybridizer As pod parent As pollen parent All descendants*
2021 'Chubby Cheeks' SDB Paul Black     246
1987 'White Swirl' SIB Fred Cassebeer     101
1975 'Tobacco Road' TB Rudolph Kleinsorge     129
1973 'Snow Flurry' TB Clara Rees     517

Note *All descendants/offspring includes only those that show this cultivar in listed registration parentage, in other words probably a parent within first 4 generations.

Some other possibilities
Year Iris Type Hybridizer As pod parent As pollen parent All descendants*
1979 'Sky Hooks' TB Manley Osborne     315
             

Table of Dykes Medal Winners showing their relative contributions to the Gene pool.

Year* *Iris Type As pod parent As pollen parent All offspring*
'Don't Doubt Dalton'
2023 - Tom Burseen
      1
'Football Hero'
2022 - Lynda Miller
      4
'Daring Deception'
2021 - Thomas Johnson
      16
'Reckless Abandon'
2021 - Keith Keppel
      86
'Bottle Rocket'
2019 - Michael Sutton
      33
'Haunted Heart'
2018 - Keith Keppel
      127
'Montmartre'
2017 - Keith Keppel
      37
'Swans In Flight'
2016 - Robert Hollingworth
      2
'Gypsy Lord'
2015 - Keith Keppel
      187
'Dividing Line'
2014 - Chuck Bunnell
Dividing line
      0

'That's All Folks'
2013 - William Maryott
That's All Folks
      7
'Florentine Silk'
2012 - Keith Keppel
Florentine Silk
      11
'Drama Queen'
2011 - Keith Keppel
Drama Queen
      46
'Paul Black'
2010 - Tom Johnson
Paul Black
      55
'Golden Panther'
2009 - Rick Tasco
Golden Panther
      46
'Starwoman'
2008 - Marky Smith
Starwoman
      3
'Queen's Circle'
2007 - Fred Kerr
Queen’s Circle
      16
'Sea Power'
2006 - Keith Keppel
Sea Power
      101
'Splashacata'
2005 - Rick Tasco
Splashacata
      29
'Crowned Heads'
2004 - Keith Keppel
Crowned Heads
      40

'Celebration Song'
2003 - Schreiners
Celebration Song
      91
'Mesmerizer'
2002 - Byers
Mesmerizer
    229
'Yaquina Blue'
2001 - Schreiners
Yaquina Blue
    64
'Stairway To Heaven'
2000 - Larry Lauer
Stairway To Heaven
    43
'Hello Darkness'
1999 - Schreiners
Hello Darkness
    150
'Conjuration'
1998 - Byers
Conjuration
      251
'Thornbird'
1997 - Byers
Thornbird
      142
'Before The Storm'
1996 - Innerst
Before The Storm
      37
'Honky Tonk Blues'
1995 - Schreiners
Honkey Tonk Blues
      221
'Silverado'
1994 - Schreiners
Silverado
      260

'Edith Wolford'
1993 - Ben Hager
Edith Wolford
      148
'Dusky Challenger'
1992 - Schreiner
Dusky Challenger
      103
'Everything Plus'
1991 - Dave Niswonger
Everything Plus
      19
'Jesse's Song'
1990 - Williamson
Jesse’s Song
      18
1989
Not Awarded
       
'Titan's Glory'
1988 - Schreiners
Titan’s Glory
      109
1987
Not Awarded
       
'Song Of Norway'
1986 - Walter Luihn
Song Of Norway
      129
'Beverly Sills'
1985 - Ben Hager
Beverly Sills
      89
'Victoria Falls'
1984 - Schreiners
Victoria Falls
      117

'Ruffled Ballet'
1983 - Elvan Roderick
      46
'Vanity'
1982 - Ben Hager
Ruffled Ballet
      198
'Brown Lasso'
1981 - Buckles-Niswonger
Brown Lasso
      40
'Mystique'
1980 - Joe Ghio
Mystique
      114
'Mary Frances'
1979 - Larry Gaulter
MaryFrances
      74
'Bride's Halo'
1978 - Mohr
Brides Halo
      44
'Dream Lover'
1977 - E. Tams
Dream Lover
      45
'Kilt Lilt'
1976 - Gibson
Kilt Lilt
      36
'Pink Taffeta'
1975 - Nate Rudolph
Pink Tafetta
      143
'Shipshape'
1974 - Sanford Babson
Shipshape
      74

'New Moon'
1973 - Neva Sexton
New Moon
      182
'Babbling Brook'
1972 - Keith Keppel
Babling Brook
      61
'Debby Rairdon'
1971 - Kuntz
Debby Rairdon
      49
'Skywatch'
1970 - Benson
Skywatch
      43
1969
Not Awarded
       
'Stepping Out'
1968 - Schreiners
Stepping Out
      201
Winter Olympics'
1967 - Opal Brown
Winter Olympics
      149
'Rippling Waters'
1966 - Orville Fay
Rippling Waters
      387
'Pacific Panorama'
1965 - Neva Sexton
Pacific Panorama
      54
'Allegiance'
1964 - Paul Cook
Allegiance
      184

'Amethyst Flame'
1963 - Schreiners
Amethyst Flame
      122
'Whole Cloth'
1962 - Paul Cook
Whole Cloth
      315
'Eleanor's Pride'
1961 - Watkins
Eleanor’s Pride
      43
1960
Not Awarded
'Swan Ballet'
1959 - Muhlestein
Swan ballet
      47
'Blue Sapphire'
1958 - Schreiners
Blue Sapphire
    54
'Violet Harmony'
1957 - Lowry
Violet Harmony
    59
'First Violet'
1956 - DeForest
First Violet
    60
'Sable Night'
1955 - Paul Cook
Sable Night
    77
'Mary Randall'
1954 - Orville Fay
Mary Randall
    348

'Truly Yours'
1953- Orville Fay
      31
'Argus Pheasant'
1952 - DeForest
Argus Pheasant
    47
'Cherie'
1951 - Hall
Cherie
    132
'Blue Rhythm'
1950 - Whiting
Blue Rhythym
    78
'Helen McGregor'
1949 - Graves
Helen Mc Gregor
    115
'Ola Kala'
1948 - Sass
Ola Kala
    144
Chivalry'
1947 - Wills
Chivalry
    261
1946
Not Awarded
     
'Elmohr'
1945 - Loomis
Elmohr
    43
'Spun Gold'
1944 - Gultzbeck
Spun Gold
    27

'Prairie Sunset'
1943 - Sass
Prairie Sunset
    120
'Great Lakes'
1942 - Cousins
Great Lakes
      167
'The Red Douglas'
1941 - Sass
The Red Douglas
      24
'Wabash'
1940 - Williamson
Wabash
      72
'Rosy Wings'
1939 - Gage
Rosy Wings
      11
'Copper Lustre'
1938 - Kirkland
Copper Lustre
      6
'Missouri'
1937 - Grinter
Missouri
      74
'Mary Geddes'
1936 - Mary G. Stahlman
Mary Geddes
      9
'Sierra Blue'
1935 - Essig
Sierra Blue
      13
1934
Not Awarded
       

'Coralie'
1933 - Ayres
Coralie
      0
'Rameses'
1932 - Hans Sass
Rameses
      34
1931
Not Awarded
       
1930
Not Awarded
       
'Dauntless'
1929 - Connell
Dauntless
      6
1928
Not Awarded
       
'San Francisco'
1927 - Mohr
San Francisco
TB 26 14 70/32

Some other possibilities---Unawarded and prior to 1950
Publication Year Iris Type Hybridizer As pod parent As pollen parent All descendants*
1885 'Amas' TB Sir Michael foster 9 14 27
    Immortality       34
    Unicorn         38
    Clarence
Case See also Foundation Irises SDBs
Topic revision: r12 - 16 Apr 2024, BobPries
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