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The Ben R. Hager Cup

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The Ben Hager Cup, first awarded in 2007, is awarded annually during the American Iris Society's annual convention. All introduced median irises (SDB, IB, MTB and BB) seen growing and in bloom in the official tour gardens of the meeting are eligible. Irises considered need not be official guest irises. Each registrant may vote for one median iris variety and the Ben R. Hager Cup is awarded to the median iris receiving the largest number of votes. Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (SDBs), and to some degree Intermediate Bearded (IBs), are usually at a disadvantage since conventions are scheduled to hit the later bloom season of the Tall bearded Irises. Border Beardeds (BBs) usually coincide with this bloom time. But all median classes have some cultivars that regularly bloom extremely early and extremely late. These extend the bloom season for the class and the later can be great companions for the Tall beardeds.

The award is named for Ben Hager who was one of the premier hybridizers in the American Iris Society and had the distinction of winning the top awards in every category that was possible in his time. For more biography and a list of his introductions see Hybridizer Ben Hager

For a Ben R. Hager Cup printable list with links click here.

The Ben R. Hager Cup Winners Gallery

The American Iris Society hopes you enjoy scrolling through the gallery. To provide you with additional information, each Iris is linked to it's cultivar page in the Encyclopedia, just click on the caption or photo.

2023 Dallas, Texas
‘Blushing Fairy’, IB
Hooker Nichols
Blushing Fairy
2022 Las Cruces, New Mexico
‘Black Comedy’, IB
Paul Black
Black Comedy
2019 San Ramon, California
‘Black Comedy’, IB
Paul Black
Black Comedy
2018 New Orleans, Louisiana
‘No Award’
No Award
2017 Des Moines, Iowa
‘Chocolate Founatin’, MTB
Kenneth Fisher
Chocolate Fountain
2016 Newark, New Jersey
‘Moose Tracks’, MTB
Lynda Miller
Moose Tracks
2015 Portland, Oregon, ‘Moose Tracks’, MTB, Lynda Miller
moose Tracks
2014 Dallas, Texas
2-Way Tie, ‘Bahama Blues’, IB
Michael Sutton
Bahama Blues
2014 Dallas, Texas
2-Way Tie ‘Bottled Sunshine’, IB
Hooker Nichols
Bottled Sunshine
2013 Dallas, Texas
‘Boy Genius’, BB
Joseph Ghio
By Genius
2012 Ontario, California
‘Man's Best Friend’, IB
Paul Black
2011 Victoria, British Columbia
‘Dazzling’, IB
Paul Black
2010 Madison, Wisconsin
3-Way Tie ‘Dallas Mahan’, MTB
Clarence Mahan
Dallas Mahan
2010 Madison, Wisconsin
3-Way Tie, ‘Ruffled Rascal’, BB
Francis Rogers
Ruffled Rascal
2010 Madison, Wisconsin
3-Way tie, ‘Survivor’, MTB
Lynda Miller
2009 Kansas City, Missouri, ‘Dividing Line’, MTB, Charles Bunnell
Dividing Line
2008 Austin, Texas
‘Crow's Feet’, BB
Paul Black
2007 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
‘Dividing Line’, MTB
Charles Bunnell
Dividing Line


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