THORNTON ABELL 1906-1984
An architect by profession, a gardener by choice, Thornton served the iris world in many capacities. He was the first president of the Aril Society; a president of the Japanese Iris Society and of the Southern California Iris Society; and RVP for Region 15 from 1963 to 1965. While his wife Alma was alive, the Abell plantings were a drawing card for plant lovers-in spring for the irises and in the fall when Alma's chrysanthemum display swept down the steep slope of their Santa Monica, California canyonside garden. Thornton also hybridized irises on a limited scale. Among the Abell introductions are the tall beardeds VESUVIUS, SOFT SKY and RIBBONS AND BOWS; the border SMOG; the arilbred SAFFRON JEWEL (which won the 1971 Mohr Award); the japanese FUJI (Payne Award, 1981); and the pacific coast natives KITIEE, PIQUE and RUSTIC CANYON. [AIS Bulletin #254(July 1984): 82].
Arilbred:'Jade', 'Little Sheba', 'Saffron Jewel',
Border Bearded:'Moonshade', 'Smog',
Pacific Coast Native: 'Kittee', 'Pique', 'RusticCanyon',
Tall Bearded:'Dawn Cloud', 'DeepCanyon', 'Lovely Lark', 'Naive', 'Red Storm', 'Ribbons and Bows', 'Soft Sky', 'Vesuvius', 'Violet Sea', 'Warning Clouds',
-- Main.RPries - 2012-05-18