The Morgan-Wood Medal

Morgan-Wood Medal

History by Clarence Mahan ......................................................related links: Awards; 2015 Morgan-Wood Medal Candidates.

This medal is restricted to Siberian (SIB) irises. It is named in honor of F. Cleveland Morgan (1882-1962) and Ira E. Wood (1903-1977).

F. Cleveland Morgan was a pioneer Canadian breeder of Siberian irises and a founding member of AIS. Some of his magnificent cultivars still enhance gardens around the globe. Three of his best known irises are 'Caezar', 'Caezar's Brother' and ‘Tropic Night'. Educated in England and Switzerland, he was a director of the Henry Morgan Company and a patron of Canadian arts. Morgan's association with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts spanned a period of forty-five years, including 8 years as president of that institution. The museum held a special exhibition in 1961 to display more than six hundred works of art that he had donated.

AIS instituted the Morgan Award for Siberian Irises, the predecessor to the Morgan-Wood Medal, in 1951.

Ira Wood

Ira E. Wood, who was known as Sandy to his friends, and his wife Betty were both scientists who worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey. They shared their iris hobby and were active in the activities of AIS and the Society for Siberian Irises. They often undertook iris society projects as a team and one of these was the production of the Handbook for the American Iris Society Members and Officers. The AIS awarded them both the Distinguished Service Medal in 1974.

Wood hybridized Siberian irises, but he introduced only one cultivar 'Ong's Hat.' He also served as a director of AIS and as its second vice president.

List of Morgan-Wood Medal winners - Siberian (SIB) Irises:
(Since 1985 - from 1952 through 1984, see lower: Morgan-Wood Award)

'Ginger Twist'
2016 - M. Schafer & J. Sacks
'Humors Of Whiskey'
2015 - M. Schafer & J. Sacks
'Tree Of Songs'
2014 - M. Schafer & J. Sacks
Tree Of Songs
'Swans In Flight'
2013 - Robert Hollingsworth
Swans In Flight
'So Van Gogh'
2012 - M. Schafer & J. Sacks
So Van Gogh
'Banish Misfortune'
2011 - M. Schafer & J. Sacks
Bamish Misfortune
'Here be Dragons'
2010 - M. Schafer & J. Sacks
Here Be Dragons
'Ruffles And Flourishes'
2009 - R. Hollingworth
Ruffles And Flourishes
'Fond Kiss'
2008 - M. Schafer & J. Sacks
Fond Kiss
'Ships Are Sailing'
2007 - M. Schafer & J Sacks
Ships Are Sailing
'Riverdance'
2006 - M. Schafer & J Sacks
Riverdance
'Where Eagles Dare'
2005 - C. Helsley
Where eagles Dare
'Blueberry Fair'
2004 - R. Hollingworth
Blueberry Fair
'Careless Sally'
2003 - M. Schafer & J Sacks
Careless Sally
'Lake Keuka'
2002 - D. Borglum
Lake Keuka
'Strawberry Fair'
2001 - R. Hollingworth
Strawberry Fair
2000 - 'Over In Gloryland' - R. Hollingworth 1999 - 'Roaring Jelly' - M. Schafer & J Sacks 1998 - 'Frosted Cranberry' - A.M. Miller
1997 - 'Coronation Anthem' - R. Hollingworth 1996 - 'Shaker's Prayer' - C. Warner 1995 - 'Aqua Whispers' - A.M. Miller
1994 - 'Sultan's Ruby' - R. Hollingworth 1993 - 'Jewelled Crown' - R. Hollingworth 1992 - 'Lady Vanessa' - R. Hollingworth
1991 - 'Mabel Coday' - C. Helsley 1990 - 'King Of Kings' - S.Varner 1989 - 'Dance Ballerina Dance' - S. Varner
1988 - 'Pink Haze' - W. McGarvey 1987 - 'Steve Varner' - H. Briscoe 1986 - 'Butter And Sugar' - C. McEwen

List of Morgan-Wood Award winners - Siberian (SIB) Irises:
(Prior to 1985)

1984 - 'Pink Haze' - W. McGarvey 1983 - 'Ann Dasch' - S. Varner 1982 - 'Steve Varner' - H. Briscoe
1981 - 'Butter And Sugar' - C. McEwen 1980 - 'Ruffled Velvet' - C. McEwen 1979 - 'Augury' - W. McGarvey
1978 - 'Silver Edge' - C. McEwen 1977 - 'Vi Luihn' - S. DuBose 1976 - 'Orville Fay' - C. McEwen
1975 - 'Halcyon Seas' - F. McCord 1974 - 'Grand Junction' - F. McCord 1973 - 'Swank' - B. Hager
1972 - 'Ego' - W. McGarvey 1971 - 'Super Ego' - W. McGarvey 1970 - 'Dewful' - W. McGarvey
1969 - 'Velvet Night' - P. Edwards 1968 - 'Pirouette' - Cassebeer 1967 - 'Blue Brilliant' - Cassebeer
1966 - 'Cool Spring' - W. Kellogg 1965 - 'Violet Flare' - Cassebeer 1964 - 'Tealwood' - S. Varner
1963 - 'Snowcrest' - Gage 1962 - 'White Swirl' - Cassebeer 1954 - 'Tropic Night' - F. C. Morgan
1953 - 'Caesar's Brother' - F. C. Morgan 1952 - 'Tycoon' - F. Cleveland 1952 - 'Eric The Red' - Whitney


-- Main.RPries - 2009-12-24

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