AGM & Lecture Day 2024

We are pleased to announce the details of our 101st AGM to taken place at Holton, Oxfordshire on Saturday 21st September 2024 which will also celebrate the West and Midlands Iris Group’s 50th anniversary. There will also be a talk by Paul Lewis on his breeding work with Gladioli and Crocosmia, followed in the afternoon…

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2023 Virtual Show Winners

British Iris Society 2023 Virtual Show Results Class 1 Bearded Iris 1st:75  Julie Scott -‘Constantine Bay’ 2nd: 76  Jane Stevenson Ingram  ‘Chantilly’ Joint 3rd: 51 & 71 Stephen Huggins – ‘Merry Amigo’ Jeremy Handy – ‘Sunny Sonatina’ Class 2 Beardless Iris 1st:59  Julie Scott  ‘Lincolnshire Orpheus’ 2nd: 58  Julie Scott  ‘Here Be Dragons’ Joint 3rd:…

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Members’ Wants & Offers

Members wants and offers are posted below. If you are a member and would like a post on this page, please send copy to info@britishirissociety.org.uk This is a service for members and the Society is not responsible for any transactions that may occur.

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Trying to Restore My Dear Friends Collection

I rescued my original iris collection via a lifelong friend after his mother – passionate iris collector, BIS member, exhibitor, and hybridizer Jane Cole – died of cancer. Jane’s iris ‘Lambourn Hills’ is one of the most treasured and beautiful irises that I grow (a true sparkling silver!).   I have been on a mission…

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John Salter bearded Iris and early ‘natural’ hybrids

I am collecting John Salter Iris and any information about him and his Irises. Salter had nurseries in Hammersmith London 1848-1870 and for a while in Versailles France 1838-1848. The AIS website https://wiki.irises.org/Main/Bio/HybridizerSalterJohn lists only 20 varieties and it looks like maybe only about seven are still in cultivation (I have found photographs of these…

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Chelsea 2022: Stand GPE193 in the Great Pavilion

Tuesday 24 May – Saturday 28 May We were delighted that the team won a gold medal for their hard work in our centenary year. Here are some photos to whet your appetites – do come along and say hello. The last photo shows Rachel de Thame, our new Patron, with the team. Below, you…

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Ferdinand Cayeux Irises

I am trying to collect as many irises as possible bred by the French hybridiser Ferdinand Cayeux. If any members have any irises that they either know or suspect to be Ferdinand Cayeux introductions (including those introduced posthumously by his son Rene) then please contact me here At present I can offer the following in…

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A quest for Suffolk raised irises

Having had the idea planted in my mind recently by Sarah Cook (of Sir Cedric Morris fame) I am undertaking the challenge of collecting irises that were hybridized in my home county of Suffolk. As well as the well-known Sir Cedric Morris there are others that deserve to be collected and preserved alongside these. The…

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