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Hybridizer Alice White (1886-1969)

Hemet, California, USA

ALICE WHITE 1886-1969

Alice White left us this past fall, but she left with us the results of a dedicated work and the memories of many years of friendship. Many of us relnember Alice from the years when she was nearly the only spark that kept alive the interest in the miniature tall bearded (table) class of bearded irises. Few of us realize the many hours she spent organizing the MTB robins and in keeping them flying, and the articles she wrote, to fan the flames of interest in a class in which interest had almost burned out. Now that the median class is popular again, we recognize Alice White as the "White" part of the Williamson-White Award given annually to the top miniature tall bearded iris. This is a tribute she richly deserved, and we are grateful that she lived to see the award activated.

"We visited Alice not long ago, and spent the afternoon with her in the rest home where she had lived since the death of her husband a few years ago. She was still mentally alert, and although she could no longer recall quickly the names of the varieties of irises she had worked with, she fondly remembered the friends she had made in her years of iris work. And that is the final satisfaction that we all might keep in mind. -Ben Hager-

[AIS Bulletin #196, January 1970, p. 41.]


Intermediate Bearded: 'Little Honey', 'Quien Sabe',

Miniature Tall Bearded: 'Angelita', 'Buenita', 'Quien Sabe', 'Sandyson', 'Smarty Pants'.

Spuria: 'Mt. Palomar'.

Standard Dwarf Bearded: 'Bauble'.

Tall Bearded: 'Beloved', 'Don Felipe'. 'La Nance', 'Picture', 'Sandyson', 'Windblown'.

-- Main.RPries - 2012-05-18
Topic revision: r7 - 19 Dec 2015, Harloiris
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