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Hybridizer Howard Maxwell(1870-1955) and son Robert C.(1907-1973) Hill

Hill Iris & Peony Farm, Lafontaine, Kansas, USA.

Formerly H. M. Hill.

From The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 140(January 1956): Howard M. Hill was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin on November 28, 1870. His parents William Hill and Ellen Maxwell Hill moved their family to Kansas in 1873 where pioneer life was still the order of the day. He grew up in Neodesha, Kansas, and though he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1890, his principal. interests were agriculture and horticulture. He engaged in farming, livestock raising and banking during the early years of his adult life. Howard Hill inherited a great love of flowers from his mother, and with the help of his wife Rebecca Campbell Hill and their three sons, he gradually accumulated a large collection of irises.

In the early 1920's the hobby became a commercial business. The Hill iris collection gradually grew to a planting of several acres including many seedlings. A few of the seedlings were named and introduced to commerce; varieties such as Melanie, Kansas Ingleside, Kansas Bouquet, Flora Campbell, Betty Campbell, Margery Springer, Kansas Sunrise, Bountiful Blue, Amazon Tan and others. Sass originations such as Manyusya, Chocolate Cream and others were introduced by the Hill Iris, and Peony Farm. Mr. Hill was interested in fall blooming irises and introduced several of them. Probably the best known and most widely distributed of Hill irises is Melanie, long considered one of the best pinks of its class, extremely prolific and vigorous and still widely grown.

In recent years Mr. Hill had done little hybridizing of irises, devoting more of his time to hemerocallis, and introducing a number of outstanding varieties. His daylilies include Cibola, Constance, Bold Beauty, Harriet Hill, Villanella, Kansan, Redwood, Narajilla, Strawberry Roan, Cream Frills and others. His unbounded enthusiasm and interest were maintained to the day of his death, and on that day, June 28, 1955, he made several crosses on his daylily seedlings.

Registrations/Introductions:

Miniature Dwarf Bearded: ´╗┐ 'Bronya', 'Cream Tart', 'Mauvemist', 'Mist O' Pink', 'One Little Indian', 'Tiny Tony', 'Tiny Treasure'.

´╗┐Species: ´╗┐ 'Claret Cup',

Standard Dwarf Bearded: 'Fior Del Mondo'.

Tall Bearded: 'Amazon Tan', 'Betty Campbell', 'Dainty Frills', 'Flora Campbell', 'Friscoette', 'Golden Cockerel', 'Kansas Bouquet', 'Kansas Ingleside', 'Kansas Sunrise', 'Lady Dainty', 'Lovely Day', 'Margery Springer', 'Melanie'. 'Shimmering Gold'.

-- Main.RPries - 2012-05-18
Topic revision: r12 - 09 Dec 2017, davepote
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