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Hybridizer Thornton Montaigne Abell (1906-1984)

Santa Monica, California, USA



An architect by profession, a gardener by choice, Thornton served the iris world in many capacities. He was the first president of the Aril Society; a president of the Japanese Iris Society and of the Southern California Iris Society; and RVP for Region 15 from 1963 to 1965. While his wife Alma was alive, the Abell plantings were a drawing card for plant lovers-in spring for the irises and in the fall when Alma's chrysanthemum display swept down the steep slope of their Santa Monica, California canyonside garden. Thornton also hybridized irises on a limited scale. Among the Abell introductions are the tall beardeds VESUVIUS, SOFT SKY and RIBBONS AND BOWS; the border SMOG; the arilbred SAFFRON JEWEL (which won the 1971 Mohr Award); the japanese FUJI (Payne Award, 1981); and the pacific coast natives KITIEE, PIQUE and RUSTIC CANYON. [AIS Bulletin #254(July 1984): 82].


Arilbred: 'Jade', 'Little Sheba', 'Saffron Jewel',

Border Bearded: 'Moonshade', 'Smog',

Japanese: 'Fuji'.

Pacific Coast Native:  'Kittee', 'Pique', 'RusticCanyon',

Tall Bearded: 'Dawn Cloud', 'DeepCanyon', 'Lovely Lark', 'Naive', 'Red Storm', 'Ribbons and Bows', 'Soft Sky', 'Vesuvius', 'Violet Sea', 'Warning Clouds',

-- Main.RPries - 2012-05-18
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ThorntonAbell.jpgjpg ThorntonAbell.jpg manage 19 K 28 Dec 2018 - 18:52 Main.davepote AIS Bulletin 206(July 1972): 19. Thornton Abell receives Mohr Award, Portland, OR, AIS Convention 1972.
ThorntonMAbell.jpgjpg ThorntonMAbell.jpg manage 10 K 27 Dec 2015 - 02:58 UnknownUser Thornton M. Abell from Irises Bulletin Oct 1973
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