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Hybridizer Joseph Ghio

Santa Cruz, California, USA

From an article selection by Jory John: Santa Cruz County Stories: Iris Season Never Ends for Joe Ghio

Born in Santa Cruz in 1938, Ghio's father was a fisherman while his mother came from a farming background. In 1953, a then-teenage Ghio came across a copy of a catalog featuring the top 10 irises of the year, and was immediately fascinated by the colors, he said. He sent away for a $5 collection of rhizomes. After studying up on hybridizing, Ghio began creating his own plants in 1954, and he's never stopped, even while pursuing other demanding lines of work. A graduate of San Jose State with a degree in business education, Ghio moved to Hayward in 1960, where he took a job as a high school business and history teacher. In 1967, Ghio moved back to Santa Cruz and accepted a teaching position at Harbor High School. In the mid-'70s, Ghio entered local politics. He was Santa Cruz mayor in 1975, 1977 and 1980. He also served on the city council for three terms. But it is the iris that has always captured his imagination. In 1980, Ghio was the recipient of the American Iris Society Dykes Medal for 'Mystique'. The medal is the highest honor bestowed by the AIS, given to one iris per year. Ghio said he wants to win that elusive second medal.

Received the American Iris Society Hybridizer Award in 1979.

Intermediate Bearded: Boy Wonder, Lover Boy, Small Hours

Border Bearded: 'Baby Shower', 'Border Guard', 'Border Skirmish, 'Borderline', 'Boy Genius', 'Boy O' Boy', 'Child Star', 'Child's Play', 'Copy Cat', 'Esmeralda', 'Featurette', 'Glimpse', 'Inner Circle', 'Junior Prom', 'Low Profile', 'Magician', 'Niche', 'Novella', 'Nursery School', 'Oracle', 'Passport', 'Seer', 'Sorcerer', 'Statuette', 'Swami', 'Usherette', ' Wizard',

Louisiana: 'Ability', 'Declasse', 'Divorcee', 'Elusive Butterfly', 'Entree', 'Handmaiden', 'Hollywood Ending', 'Naughty Lady', 'Oath', 'Overnight Success', 'Pledge', 'Shrimp Creole', 'Southerner', 'Sundown Shadows', 'Tete-a-Tete', 'Vow',

Pacific Coast Native, (A-E): 'Adept', 'Aftershock', 'Age of Chivalry', 'Air Waves', 'All Around', 'All Shook Up', 'Altar Boy', 'Ano Nuevo', 'Aptos', 'Arana', 'Area Code', 'Around the Bay', 'Artful Dodger', 'Baby Blanket', 'Baja California', 'Band of Showers', 'Bar Code', 'Bat Boy', 'Battle Alert', 'Battle Line', 'Bay Street', 'Bedroom Eyes', 'Big Money', 'Big Smile', 'Big Wheel', 'Black Eye', 'Blue A Fuse', 'Blue In the Face', 'Blue Plate Special', Bonny Doon', 'Bonus Points', 'Border Dispute', 'Bottom Dollar', 'Bottom Line', 'Bowl of Fluff', 'Branciforte', 'Brand Name', 'Breed Apart', 'Brownie Points', 'Bubble Gum', 'Bubble Wrap', 'Bubbly', 'Buffed', 'Butano', 'Cabrillo', 'Califia', 'California Mystique', 'California Native', 'Californian', 'Camp Capitola', 'Campaigner', 'Candid', 'Carbonero', 'Carmel Mission', 'Casa Pacifica', 'Cashing In', 'Caught In the Wind', 'Charter Member', 'Chemekata', 'Chualar', 'Ciao', 'Citizen', 'City Hall', 'Civic Pride', 'Civil Code', 'Clarification', 'Clever Devil', 'Clincher', 'Close Eye', 'Coast Road', 'Coin Collector', 'Coin of the Realm', 'Color of Money', 'Commitment', 'Common Sense', 'Corralitos Creek', 'Costanoa', 'Contest', 'Copy Boy', 'Corralitos', 'Councilman', 'Cozumel', 'Cross Purpose', 'Cup of Tea', 'Cupertino', 'Curlique', 'Da Vinci Code', 'Dead Ringer', 'Deep Blue Sea', 'Deepening Shadows', 'Del Rey', 'Different Strokes', Dot the Eyes', 'Double Edged', 'Drip Drop', 'Drive You Wild', 'Eagle Eyes', 'Early Days', 'Earthquake', 'Easter Break', 'Easter Egg Hunt', 'Ego Trip', 'El Centro', 'Elberta Peach', 'El Nino', 'Emigrant', 'Empire Grade', 'Encircle', 'Enclosed', 'Endless', 'English Rose', 'Epicure', 'Escalona', 'Executive Decision', 'Extra Credit', 'Eye Catching', 'Eye Contact', 'Eye Declare', 'Eye My Eye', 'Eye Patch', 'Eye Yi Yi', 'Eyes Have It', 'Eyes of Blue',

Pacific Coast Native, (F-O): 'Face Value', 'Father Figure', 'Fault Zone', 'Figment', 'Finger Pointing', 'Fireflow', 'Firework Display', 'Focus Group', 'Foggy Days', 'Follow The Money', 'Foreign Exchange', 'Fresh Eyes', 'Garrapata', 'Gin and Tonic', 'Gingerbread House', 'Go Wild', 'Going Bananas', 'Going West', 'Gone Native', 'Gordola', 'Grand Design', 'Gravitas', 'Greeting Card', 'Half Time, 'Hands On', 'Harbor High', 'Hargrave Strain', 'Heaven Knows', 'Herald', 'High Fire Danger', 'High Winds', 'Hot Blooded', 'Hot Number', 'Identity', 'Idle Chatter', 'Idylwild', 'Ignacio', 'In the Money', 'Inclination', 'Inner Faith', 'Inside Joke', 'It's Wild', 'Jabberbox', 'Jacks Are Wild', 'Jolon', 'Junipero', 'La Madrona', 'La Nina', 'La Selva', 'La Selva Beach', 'Laguna Creek', 'Larger than Life', 'Las Flores', 'Las Lomas', 'Las Olas', 'Lash', 'Latin Blood', 'Laureles', 'Life Force', 'Lifeline', 'Light Showers', 'Light Winds', 'Lightning Raid', 'Lightning Speed', 'Lighthouse Point', 'Like Clockwork', 'Linda Vista' 'Line Drawing', 'Lines That Rhyme', 'Living Trust', 'Local Girl', 'Loma Prieta', 'Lompico', 'Long Shot', 'Los Californio', 'Los Gatos', 'Los Padres', 'Low Down', 'Loyal Trust', 'Madonna Ridge', 'Magic Carpet Ride', 'Mandalay Bay', 'Mantra', 'Mar Monte', 'Marriage Proposal', 'Mascot', 'Masked Man', 'Mayor', 'Miramar', 'Mission Hill', 'Mission San Antonio', 'Mission Santa Clara', 'Mission Santa Cruz', 'Mission Soledade', 'Mists of Time', 'Mixed Bag', 'Moderator', 'Montara', 'Moraga', 'Moral Code', 'Multiplicity', 'Munras', 'Muwekma', 'Napa Valley', 'National Anthem', 'Native Born', 'Native Land', 'Native State', 'New Blood', 'New York Minute', 'Night Crossing', 'Night Editor', 'Night Gown', 'Night Messenger', 'Now Showing', 'Ocean Blue', 'Ohlone', 'Old Monterey', 'On the Bubble', 'On the Edge', 'On the Wildside', 'Open Eyes', 'Osocales', 'Oval Office', 'Oxymoron',

Pacific Coast Native, (P-Z): 'Pacific Coastline', 'Paicines', 'Pajaro Dunes', 'Pasatiempo', 'Pascadero', 'Patchen Pass', 'Patchy Fog', 'Peanut Gallery', 'Peeps', 'Period Piece', 'Pet Name', 'Philosophy', 'Playbook', 'Pogonip', 'Point Arena', 'Point Lobos', 'Point Santa Cruz', 'Pomponio', 'Power Center', 'Pretty Boy', 'Primo', 'Public Eye', 'Puzzle', 'Queen Califia', 'Quiet Glade', 'Rainbow Connection', 'Rancho Corralitos', 'Rare Reward', 'Red Flag Warning', 'Red Light District', 'Referee', 'Reflecting Pool', , 'Refugio', 'Restless Native', 'Rich Uncle', 'Rodeo Gulch', 'Rich Boy', 'Rincon', 'Rio del Mar', 'Riva', 'Roaring Camp', 'Rough Seas', 'Running Wild', 'San Andreas', 'San Ardo', 'San Benecio', 'San Felipe', 'San Gregorio', 'San Justo', 'San Lorenzo', 'San Lorenzo Valley', 'San Tomas', 'San Vicente', 'Santa Clarita', 'Santa Cruz Beach', 'Santa Rita', 'Santa Rosalita', 'School Boy', 'Seabright Cove', 'See the Light', 'Seeing Eye', 'Shaker', 'Short Order', 'Sierra Azul', 'Sight for Sore Eyes', 'Silent Witness', 'Silver Bowl', 'Silver Plate', 'Simply Wild', 'Sizzling Pitch', 'Small Town', 'Smoothie', 'Soquel Cove', 'Solid Citizen', 'Something Wild', 'Spanish Don', 'Spending Spree', 'Spreadsheet', 'Spring Daze', 'Spritzer', 'Stainless Steel', 'Stamp of Approval', 'Star of Evening', 'Star of Wonder', 'Star Witness', 'State Street', 'Steinbeck Country', 'Stroke of Midnight', 'Sunol Grade', 'Sunset Beach', 'Temblor', 'Tiki', 'Trancas', 'Tulum', 'Tunitas', 'Twin Lakes', 'Ultimate Suntan', 'Umunhum', 'Up All Night', 'Upper Echelon', 'Urban Legend', 'Uvas', 'Vain', 'Valet', 'Vasona', 'Ventana', 'Villa Branciforte', 'Villa Montalvo', 'Wandering Eye', 'War Zone', 'Warm Sunshine', 'Weather Eye', 'Web', 'Westerlies', 'Western Hero', 'Western Movie', 'Western World', 'What's What', 'Wide Screen', 'Wilder Than Ever', 'Wildman', 'Wild Party', 'Wild Pitch', 'Wild Time', 'Wilder Ranch', 'Wildest Imaginings', 'Wildeyed', 'Wino', 'Wish Fulfillment', 'Wishing', 'With This Ring', 'Xewe', 'Yalapa', 'Zayante Creek'.

Spurias: 'Border Town', 'Brownstone', 'Capital Idea', 'Centering Point', 'Concubine', 'Dungeon', 'Empathy', 'Equality', 'Ethic', 'Eurasia', 'Evening Dress', 'Farewell Address', 'Full Sun', 'Heart to Heart', 'Just Reward', 'Lucky Devil', 'Moonless Night', 'Power Trip', 'Respectable', 'Sage', 'Urbane'.

Tall Bearded (A-E): 'Abbondanza', 'Accessible', 'Act of Kindness', 'Act of Love', 'Al Fresco', 'All By Design', 'Aloha', 'Amiable', 'Amplified', 'Aplomb', 'Applause Line', 'Ardor', 'Artiste', 'Battle Hymn', 'Battle Royal', 'Bay View', 'Be Original', 'Bejeweled', 'Bettermint', 'Beautiful People', 'Beauty Within', 'Bewitchment', 'Bicentennial', 'Big Picture', 'Birthday Bash', 'Birthday Greetings', 'Blonde Bombshell', 'Bogota', 'Boudoir', 'Bowled Over', 'Brave Face', 'Bravery', 'Bridal Shower', 'Brouhaha', 'Bubble Bath', 'Bubble Bubble', 'Bubble Dancer', 'Bubble Up', 'Bubbles Galore', 'Bubbling Along', 'Bubbling Over', 'Bubbling Waves', 'Bubbly Mood', 'Burgundy Cherry', 'Bursting Bubbles', 'Bygone Era', 'Cafe Ole', 'Cafe Society', 'Caliph', 'Caption', 'Caracas', 'Cardinal Rule', 'Cast of Characters', 'Celebration', 'Celebratory', 'Centennial State', 'Center Ice', 'Center Stage', 'Champagne Bubbles', 'Chatter', 'Chinese New Year', 'Chivalrous', 'Christmas Present', 'Chuckles', 'Chutney', 'Cinnamon', 'Civility', 'Clairvoyance', 'Coffee House', 'Coffee Klatch', 'Comandante', 'Comedy', 'Comfortable', 'Connection', 'Core Values', 'Cordoba', 'Costa Rica', 'Court Martial', 'Cover Page', 'Credit Line', 'Creme de Creme', 'Crowning Glory', 'Crushed Velvet', 'Cupid's Arrow', 'Current Events', 'Cutting Edge', 'Dawning', 'Day On the Bay', 'Dazzle', 'Decipher', 'Desert Fox', 'Designer Gown', 'Designer Label', 'Dialogue', 'Different Flavors', 'Dignitary', 'Divinity', 'Double Bubble', 'Double Click', 'Double Dribble', 'Double Platinum', 'Double Scoop', 'Double Vision', 'Double Wedding', 'Down To The Wire', 'Drifting Bubbles', 'Edifice', 'Eloquent', 'Emblematic', 'Enamored', 'Engagement Ring', 'Engaging', 'Enhancement', 'Enjoyment', 'Ennoble', 'Entangled', 'Entice', 'Entourage', 'Epicenter', 'Esmeralda', 'Evening Gown', 'Everywhere', 'Exhilaration', 'Expect Wonders', 'Explicit', 'Exploding Galaxy', 'Expose',

Tall Bearded (F-O): 'Famous Last Words', 'Feelings', 'Feudalism', 'Filibuster', 'Financier', First Courtship, 'Fixation', 'Flareup', 'Flate Rate', 'For the Soul', 'Forest Moon', 'Forever Blowing Bubbles', 'Fortunata', 'French Vanilla', 'Front Of The Line', ' Frosted Starlight', 'Gentle Soul', 'Genuflect', 'Ghost Story', 'Gilt Trip', 'Glenwood', 'God's Handiwork', 'Going Big Time', 'Gold Country', 'Good Knight', 'Got The Picture', 'Guadalajara', 'Halloween Trick', 'Handiwork', 'Handshake', 'Happy Marriage', 'Haunting Rhapsody', 'Heaven', 'Heavenly Host', 'Higher Callling', 'Highness', 'Hollywood Star', 'Honeymoon Suite', 'Hopeless Romantic', 'Hospitality', 'Hot Chocolate', 'Hot Streak', 'House Afire', 'Iconic', 'Idol', 'Illusionist', 'Impressionist', 'Impulsive', 'In the Loop', 'Inaugural Ball', 'Incantation', 'Indian Territory', 'Indiscreet', 'Infrared', 'Inside Job', 'Intuition', 'Just Married', 'Justice', 'Katmandu', 'Kyoto', 'Lady Friend', 'Lanai', 'Latte', 'Laugh Lines', 'Layer Cake', Liaison', 'Light Years', 'Lightning Bolt', 'Lima', 'Lineup', 'Lip Service', 'Little Much', 'Lost and Found', 'Love of Life', 'Luau', 'Magic Act', 'Magic Happens', 'Magic Mirror', 'Magic Potion', 'Magical', 'Magnanimous', 'Magnifique', 'Mahalo', 'Manna', 'Malaguena', 'Malaysia', 'Managua', 'Mandela', 'Mango Tango', 'Mandolin', 'Marauder', 'Marching Band', 'Marching Orders', 'Marriage Vows', 'Meadow Brook', 'Meadow Mist', 'Meditate', 'Memoirs', 'Mild Manner', 'Mixed Doubles', 'Mogul', 'Montevideo', 'Mood Swing', 'Mount Eden', 'Mount Vesuvius', 'Mountain Majesty', 'My Beloved', 'Mystic Mood', 'Mystique', 'Natural Blond'. 'Natural Charm', 'New Day Dawning', 'New Leaf', 'Newlywed', 'Next Millennium', 'Night Attack', 'Nina's Delight', 'Norwegian Wood', 'Notable', 'Notorious', 'Novel Idea', 'Oasis', 'Ocean Pacific', 'Ocelot', 'Oil Painting', 'Old Flame', 'Old Master', 'Olden Days', 'Olympiad', 'Opening Round', 'Original Art', 'Originality', 'Osaka', 'Ostentatious', 'Otherside of Heaven', 'Overseas',

Tall bearded (P-Z): 'Palm Reader', 'Paris Original', 'Passionate Kisses', 'Path to Heaven', 'Peace and Harmony', 'Peace Offering', 'Peaches and Dreams', 'Pearls of Wisdom', 'Pennant Fever', 'Penthouse', 'Pep Rally', 'Perception', 'Perfect Couple', 'Photogenic', 'Pianoforte', 'Picante', 'Picture Book', 'Pink Charming', 'Pistachio, 'Platinum Jubilee', 'Plot Line', 'Poetic', 'Polite Applause', 'Ponderosa', 'Pontificate', 'Pop Idol', 'Power Surge', 'Praline', 'Preface', 'Premonition', 'Pretty Bubbles', 'Prophecy', 'Prototype', 'Psychic Reader', 'Puccini', 'Quito', 'Rancho Grande', 'Ransom Note', 'Rare Coin', 'Rare Find', 'Reality', 'Red Handed', 'Red Skies', 'Regimen', 'Replay', 'Resonance', 'Return Address', 'Return to Sender', 'Revere', 'Rite of Passage', 'Ritual', 'Rogue', 'Role Reversal', 'Romantic Evening', 'Romantic Lyric', 'Romantic Mood', 'Round of Applause', 'Round Table', 'San Jose', 'Santiago', 'Sea Swells', 'Seance', 'Seashore', 'Secret Recipe', 'Select Circle', 'Sewing Bee', 'Show Time', 'Signpost', 'Silent Screen Star', 'Skipalong', 'Smart Money', 'Snowed In', 'Soap Opera', 'Social Register', 'Social Whirl', 'Society Page', 'Somersault', 'Soul Mate', 'Spectacle', 'Speculator', 'Spiral Galaxy', 'Splurge', 'Stage Lights', 'Star Appeal', 'Star Quality', 'Star Turn', 'Starring', 'Storyline', 'Storyteller', 'Stratagem', 'Success Story', 'Superhero', 'Tempting', 'Test Pattern', 'Thinking of You', 'Through the Clouds', 'Time Zone', 'Toasted Almond', 'Toastmaster', 'Treasured', 'Trial By Fire', 'Tropica', Twilight Sonata, 'Unconditional Love', 'Uninhibited', 'Upper Hand', 'Vapor', 'Veneer', 'Veneration', 'Verve', 'Vienna Woods', 'Vigilant', 'Visionary', 'Visiting Royalty', 'Vizier', 'Vow of Silence', 'Water Ballet', 'Wedding Band, 'Wedding Night', 'Wedding Vow', 'Well Endowed', 'What A Beauty', 'Whispering Glade', 'Wild West', 'Willow Wisp', 'Winning Edge', 'Winning Hand', 'Winning Note', 'Winning Smile', 'Wonderful News', 'Yours Truly',
Topic revision: r66 - 05 Dec 2017, Harloiris
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