Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
From Mrs. Thomas Nesmith, Fairmount Gardens Catalog, Lowell, Massachusetts, Summer 1942-Spring 1943:
"Mr. Carl Carpenter of Owensboro, KY, is an ardent gardener and for several years has been hybridizing iris. Many American Iris Society members that were in Nashville last May will remember two very outstanding seedlings of Mr. Carpenter's that were blooming in the Douglas garden. They are: Joy (38-11) is a blending of orange, red, and violet and was the most brilliant iris in the garden; The other Belle of Dixie ( 40-75) is a dark opalescent blend with boldly flaring flowers of very heavy substance. We are introducing these two and also Silver Lustre that is a very light violet blue self with a silvery sheen dusted over the whole flower."