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Knowlton Medal

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The highest award given by the American Iris Society strictly to Border Bearded Irises.

History by Clarence Mahan ..........................................................related links: Awards; 2015 Knowlton Medal Candidates.

This medal is restricted to border bearded (BB) irises. It is named in honor of Harold W. Knowlton (1888-1968).

Knowlton

Harold Knowlton of Auburndale, Massachusetts, was a tireless promoter of the border bearded class of irises. Bennett Jones wrote in The World of Irises: "Harold Knowlton was among the first to make deliberate selections of smaller plants. Two of his 1950 introductions, 'Pearl Cup' ... and 'Crickett'... display the desirable features we still seek in modern border irises."

Knowlton was the seventh president of the AIS (1953-55) and served the society in several important positions. He was highly regarded as a leader, planner and organizer and reorganized the AIS awards system and instituted the first Handbook for Judges and the handbook for new members; What Every Iris Grower Should Know. He also compiled and edited the 1959 Check List. The AIS awarded him the Distinguished Service Medal in 1955.


List of Knowlton Medal winners - Border Bearded (BB) Irises:

The Median Iris Society sponsors the annual awarding of four medals by AIS to medians in each of the recognized classifications: SDB, IB, MTB, and BB. Note that most classifications within the AIS Awards System began with Award of Merit (AM) equivalent Awards, later elevated to Medal status. At this transition, previous Award winners from a specified period of time re-competed for the higher Medal honors. Thus there are some duplicate entries. They are designated with an (A) beside the date on which they won the AM-equivalent, and an (M) on Medal status.
      'Meerkat Manor'
2016 - Brad Kasperek
'Niche'
2015 - Joseph Ghio
‘Lady Of The Night’
2014 –- Paul Black
 Lady Of The Night
'Bundle Of Love'
2013 - Paul Black
Bundle Of Love
'Crow's Feet'
2012 - Paul Black
Crow's Feet
'Fleece As White'
2011 - Paul Black
Fleece As White
'Eye Candy'
2010 - Keith Keppel
Eye Candy
'Border Control'
2009 - Thomas Johnson
Border Control
'Teapot Tempest'
2008 - Lynn Markham
Teapot Tempest
'Go For Bold'
2007 - Paul Black
Go For Bold
'Anaconda Love'
2006 - Brad Kasperek
Anaconda Love
'Christiana Baker'
2005 - Frederic Kerr
Christina Baker
'Orange Pop'
2004 - Larry Lauer
Orange Pop
'Lemon Up'
2003 - Tom Magee
Lemon Up
'Baboon Bottom'
2002 - Brad Kasperek
Baboon Bottom
'Cranapple'
2001 - Terry Aitken
Cranapple
'Apricot Frosty'
2000 - David Niswonger
Apricot Frosty
'Petite Ballet'
1999 - Keith Keppel
'Red Rooster'
1998 - John Durrance
Red Rooster
'Sonja's Selah'
1997 - Allan Ensminger
Sonja’s Selah
'Lenora Pearl'
1996 - Hooker Nichols
Cranapple
1995 - 'Calico Cat' - C. Lankow 1994 - 'Zinger' - S. Stevens 1993 - 'Zinc Pink' - A. Ensminger
1992 - 'Batik' - A. Ensminger 1991 - 'Shenanigan' - K. Keppel 1990 - 'Miss Nellie' - J. Burch
1989 - 'Peccadillo' - K. Keppel 1988 - 'Soft Spoken' - P. Dyer 1987 - 'Drum Solo' - H. Stahly
1986 - 'Pink Bubbles' - B. Hager 1985 - 'Gypsy Wings' - Melba Hamblen 1984 - 'Marmalade Skies' - D. Niswonger
1983 - 'Am I Blue' - D. Denney 1982 - 'Picayune' - K. Keppel 1981 - 'Whoop 'em Up' - D. Brady
1980 - 'Brown Lasso' - E. Buckles 1979 - 'Stepping Little' - H. Kuesel 1978 - 'Raspberry Sundae' - D. Niswonger
1977 - 'Embroidery' - K. Keppel 1976 - 'Molten Glass' - J. Marsh 1975 - 'Dresden Frills' - N. Rudolph
1974 - 'Junior Prom' J. Ghio 1973 - 'Bride's Pearls' - A. Brown 1972 - 'Lace Valentine' - Warburton
1971 - 'Crystal Bay' - B. Jones 1970 - 'Pebbles' - J. Tucker 1969 - 'Blue Miller' - T. Brown
1968 - (M) 'Frenchi' - B. Jones 1967 - (M) 'Jungle Shadows' - Sass-Graham 1966 - (M) 'Tulare' - M. Hamblen
1965 - 'Bayadere' - O. Brown 1964 - (A) 'Tulare' - M. Hamblen 1963 - 'Fairy Jewels' - M. Hamblen
1962 - (A) 'Jungle Shadows' - Sass-Graham 1961 - (A) 'Frenchi' - B. Jones 1960 - 'Yellow Dresden' - M. Albright
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