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Hybridizer E. W. Neel

Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

Neel’s best known introduction was 'Shah Jehan' which received acclaim in both Britain and America. (CIS-N v22 n1 p18-19) In 1937 it was the first Canadian iris to receive an AM from the American Iris Society, and in 1938 an AM from the Royal Horticultural Society. Edmund William Neel came to Canada from England to establish his nursery in Duncan B.C., which between 1926 and 1930 had half an acre of iris. He was associated with Eagle Heights Iris Garden (E.W. Neel) of Duncan, B.C. His son Laurence (who married Doris Winifred, daughter of Percy Murrell and his first wife, Brenda Marie Young), later became general manager of the Orpington Nurseries in England - the same nursery from which his father had purchased his earliest iris. (CIS-N v23 n4 pp78-80) (Researched by Don McQueen)

For more information about Edmund William Neel as well as photos of his irises, see Winter 2019 British Columbia Iris Society, p. 3-4, "Edmund William Neel: a Canadian Iris Breeder" by Ian Efford.


Tall Bearded: 'Lady Phyllis', 'Pink Lotus', 'Red Knight', 'Shah Jehan'.

-- BobPries - 2012-05-18
Topic revision: r9 - 19 Sep 2022, EdenSprings
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