Each year an Iris wins the highest Iris award the Dykes Medal. The award is given to an Iris that has been through the long journey up the AIS awards system and voted by hundreds of AIS accredited judges. The ballots are counted in August and although the names are announced it is not until the next year that the award is presented to the hybridizer at the Spring AIS convention. So although the 2013 winner is known in August It is not formally celebrated until the coming year and is said to be the Iris of the Year for 2014.
-- BobPries - 2013-08-29