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British Iris Society Trials

The Trials Secretary and Recorder is Clare Kneen, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone
01799 526294.
Slade Cottage, Petts Lane, Little Walden, Essex, CB10 1XH

The BIS run two trials, the Award of Garden Commendation (AGC) and the Dykes Medal trial. Both trials are hosted by members of the BIS who are judges, either in their own gardens or other suitable ground as arranged by the host. The AGC trial runs for 3 years and is judged in its third season. Any iris in the trial judged to be of sufficient merit will be awarded the AGC. The best of the irises awarded an AGC may be awarded the Souvenir de M. Lemon trophy. The Dykes Medal trial also runs for 3 years and is judged in the third season. The best iris in the trial may be awarded the Dykes Medal, if considered to be of a sufficient standard. A complete set of rules can be obtained from the Trials Secretary.

Submission of irises for the AGC Trial

Irises may only be submitted by members of the British Iris Society. Each member can submit one pogo and one apogee seedling/cultivar of their own breeding each year, and a further seedling/cultivar of each type for each AGC previously awarded to that member up to a maximum of 3 pogo and 3 apogon seedlings/cultivars. Irises should be sent to Clare Kneen with a completed submission form. There are currently 4 host garden participating in the trial. At least one piece of each iris should be submitted for each garden, but 2 pieces for each garden is preferred. Each iris should be judged in at least 3 gardens. Up to date forms can be obtained from Clare Kneen. The irises will be circulated to the participating hosts with a code allocated by the trials secretary to ensure anonymity. The irises remain the property of the submitting member, and can be returned to the member at the members expense if submitted from the UK.

Submission of irises for the Dykes Medal Trial

Irises which have obtained an AGC are eligible for the trial, as are irises which have obtained awards in selected other trials (see rules). Material for the Dykes trial is usually available from the plants grown the AGC trial. The Dykes trial should be judged in the majority of the host gardens, in
the third year after planting. The irises remain the property of the submitting member, and can be returned to the member at the members expense if submitted from the UK. If an iris has not qualified though the AGC trial then an up to date submission form can be obtained
from Clare Kneen.

Trial gardens for 2015 are:

Clare Kneen, Slade Cottage, Petts Lane, Little Walden, Essex, CB10 1XH.
Chris Towers, 40 Willow Park, Otford, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 5NF.
Barry Emmerson, 24 Seaward Avenue, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4BB.
Sharon Evans, Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey, TW10 5HX.