The British Iris Society is delighted to announce the following awards for 2021
The Dykes Medal is the supreme award of the BIS awarded annually to the most outstanding cultivar in the Dykes Trial that is of a sufficiently high standard. This year It was awarded to Olga Wells for her iris ‘Spirit of Kent’, this is Olga’s second Dykes medal and she received the Hybridisers Award in 2013.
The Souvenir de M. Lémon Trophy is an annual award to the most outstanding cultivar in the AGC trial that is of a sufficiently high standard. This year it was awarded to Loïc Tasquier for his BB ‘Kénavo’. This is the second time Loïc has received this award and his IB ‘Hymke’ received an AGC.
The Hybridisers Award was instigated in 2011 in memory of Margaret Hall, who gave a legacy to be used to 'promote research into the growing and or breeding of iris'. This year it was awarded to Keith Keppel from the USA. Keith was awarded the Foster Memorial Plaque in 1993 and has gained nine American Dykes medals, the first in 1972 and the most recent one this year.
The Foster Memorial Plaque to Peter Goldblatt. Peter is a leading authority on the Iridaceae and in particular the African representatives of the family. He has made his work available to a wide audience in the plant world through an array of monographs and research papers. This is a special personal award to those of whatever nationality who contribute to the advancement of the genus Iris. The plaque was instituted in 1926 in recognition of Sir Michael Foster’s achievements and assiduous efforts in collecting and hybridising irises.