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The Franklin Cook Cup

Franklin Cook Cup

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The Franklin Cook Memorial Cup is awarded annually during The American Iris Society's national meeting. All introduced irises seen growing and in bloom in the official tour gardens of the meeting are eligible for the Cook Memorial Cup, except irises originated within the host region for that year's national meeting or originated by a hybridizer whose garden is included on the official garden tour, regardless of its location. Irises considered need not be an official "Guest" iris. Each registrant may vote for only one variety and the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup is awarded to the iris receiving the greatest number of votes from the registered convention attendees.

Host region irises are eligible for the President's Cup.

For a snapshot of the cup's history, click here.

For a printable list with links click here.

The Franklin Cook 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
‘Lucky Dragon’, AB
Richard Tasco
Lucky Dragon
2022 Las Cruces, New Mexico
‘Perry Dyer’, AB
Paul Black
Perry Dyer
2019 San Ramon, California
‘Rise Like A Phoenix’, TB
Paul Black
Rise Like A Phoenix
2018 New Orleans, Louisiana
‘Watermelon Wizard’, LA
Joseph Musacchia
Watermelon Wizard
2017 Des Moines, Iowa
‘Heart of Hearts’, AB
Paul Black
Heart Of Hearts
2016 Newark, New Jersey
TIE, ‘Honky Tonk Rumble’, TB
Hooker Nichols
Honky Tonk Rumble
2016 Newark, New Jersey
TIE, ‘Three Part Harmony’, TB
Paul Black
Three Part Harmony
2015 Portland, Oregon
‘Swans In Flight’, SIB
Robert Hollingworth
Swans In Flight
2014 Dallas, Texas
‘Bahama Blues’, IB
Michael Sutton
Double Platinum
2013 Dallas, Texas
‘Double Platinum’, TB
Joseph Ghio
Double Platinum
2012 Ontario, California
‘Greatest Show On Earth’, TB
Frederick Kerr
Greatest Show On Earth
2011 Victoria, British Columbia
‘Ginger Twist’, SIB
Marty Schafer & Jan Sacks
Ginger Twist
2010 Madison, Wisconsin
‘Tree Of Songs’, SIB
Marty Schafer & Jan Sacks
Tree Of Songs
2009 Kansas City, Missouri
‘Whoopsidaisy’, BB
Jim Hedgecock
2008 Austin, Texas
‘Gypsy Lord’, TB
Keith Keppel
Gypsy Lord
2007 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
‘Florentine Silk’, TB
Keith Keppel
Florentine Silk
2006 Portland, Oregon
‘Sailor's Dream’, MTB
Kenneth Fisher
2005 St. Louis, Missouri
‘Queen's Circle’, TB
Frederick Kerr
2004 Fresno, California
‘Paul Black’, TB
Thomas Johnson
Paul Black
2003 Falls Church, Virginia
‘Splashacata’, TB
Richard Tasco
2002 Memphhis, Tennessee
‘Starring’, TB
Joseph Ghio
2001 York, Pennsylvania
‘Queen's Circle’, TB
Frederick Kerr
2000 Dallas, Texas
‘Penny Lane’, TB
Larry Lauer
Penny Lane
1999 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
‘Uncle Charlie’, TB
Donald Spoon
Uncle Charlie
1998 Denver Colorado
‘Pond Lily’, TB
Evelyn Jones
Pond Lily
1997 Dearborn, Michigan
‘Vavoom’, SDB
Allan Ensminger
1996, Sacramento, California
‘Yaquina Blue’, TB
Yaquina Blue
1995 York, Pennsylvania
‘Bangles’, MTB
Lynda Miller
1994 Portland, Oregon
‘Strawberry Fair’, SIB
Robert Hollingworth
Strawberry Fair
1993 Fort Worth, Texas
‘Quito’, TB
Joseph Ghio
1992 Atlanta, Georgia
‘Snow Burst’, TB
Bernard Hamner
Snow Burst
1991 Washington, D. C.
‘Dusky Challenger’, TB
Dusky Challenger
1990 Omaha, Nebraska
‘Rustler’, TB
Keith Keppel
1989 Memphis, Tennessee
‘Peach Bisque’, TB
Maryott's Garden
Peach Bisque
1988 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
‘Bumblebee Deelite’, MTB
Jack & Glenda Norrick
Bumblebee Deelite
1987 Phoenix, Arizona
‘Autograph’, TB
Walter Luihn
1986 San Jose, California
‘Dusky Challenger’, TB
Dusky Challenger
1985 Indianapolis, Indiana
‘Silver Years’, TB
Ben Hager
Silver Years
1984 Seattle, Washington
‘Serene’, TB
Glenn Corlew
1983 Boston, Massachusetts
‘Wedding Candles’, TB
Wedding Candles
1982 Denver, Colorado
‘Ruffled Ballet’, TB
Elvan Roderick
Ruffled Ballet
1981 St. Louis, Missouri
‘Leda's Lover’, TB
Ben Hager
1980 Tulsa, Oklahoma
‘Sunrise Sunset’, TB
Bryce Williamson
Sunrise Sunset
1979 Huntsville, Alabama
‘Sugar Tree’, TB
William Bledsoe
Sugar Tree
1978 San Jose, California
‘Feminine Charm’, TB
Evelyn Kegerise
Feminine Charm
1977 Memphis, Tennessee
‘Penny A Pinch’, TB
Winfield W. Steinhauer
Penny A Pinch
1976 Lansing, Mihcigan
‘Blushing Lemon’, TB
Jack Boushay
Blushing Lemon
1975 San Diego, California
‘White Lightning’, TB
Joseph Gatty
White Lightning
1974 Roanoke, Virginia
‘Queen Of Hearts’, TB
Opal Brown
Queen Of Hearts
1973 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
‘Shipshape’, TB
Sanford Babson
1972 Portland Oregon
‘Hi Top’, TB
Frederick Knocke
Hi Top
1971 Wichita, Kansas
‘Newly Rich’, TB
Steve Varner
Newly Rich
1970 New York City, New York
‘Pink Taffeta’, TB
Nate Rudolph
1969 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
‘Night Heron’, TB
James Tucker
Night Heron
Tie, 1968 Berkeley, California
‘Flight Of Angels’, TB
Collie Terrrell
Flight Of Angels
Tie, 1968 Berkeley, California
‘Cup Race’, TB
Stedman Buttrick
Cup Race
1967 Denver, Colorado
‘Fuji's Mantle’, TB
1966 Newark, New Jersey
‘Stepping Out’, TB
Stepping Out

This award was established by Dr. Franklin Cook during his time as AIS president in 1947 and was originally known as the President’s Cup. Then in 1952, it was renamed the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup. From 1947 through 1965, there were no restrictions concerning the geographical origination of irises eligible for the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup until 1966 when the current President’s Cup was established and first awarded.

From the July 1963 AIS Bulletin, page 50.
At the Denver convention, the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup was awarded to the veteran iris breeder, Dr. Philip A. Loomis, Colorado Springs, Colorado, for his deep yellow iris, ASPENGLOW. This iris was named on the ballots of 142 of the 273 members who voted for the awarding of the cup. Originally known as the President's Cup when it was established by Dr. Franklin Cook during his service as AIS president (1947-48), it was renamed the Franklin Cook Memorial Award in 1952. Dr. Loomis, now 88, has been breeding irises since 1912 and has originated some outstanding varieties. His interest in breeding for pink yielded the pink blend, MOROCCO ROSE, introduced in 1937, which David Hall is credited (in Half Century of Iris, page 188) with saying it was on both sides of the family tree that produced the first true pinks with tangerine beards in 1942. Dr. Loomis's ELMOHR was the Dykes Medalist in 1945. Included among the first eight in this year's voting for the Cook Memorial Award, in which by custom irises originated in the Region in which the convention is held are favored, are the following: WAYWARD VVIND (0. T. Baker, Denver), 38 votes; COOING DOVE (0. T. Baker), 21 votes; ORANCE PARADE (Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, Roy, Utah), 14 votes; WINTER OLYMPICS (Mrs. Tom Brown, Walla Walla, Washington), 13 votes; WILD GINGER (J. M. Gibson, Porterville, Califomia), 10 votes; LIGHT OF LOVE (0. T. Baker) and LYNN REID (Dr. John R. Durrance, Denver), each 8 votes.

1965 Memphis, Tennessee
‘Leo Haven’, TB
Serlena Reynolds
Leo Haven
1964 Chicago, Illinois
‘Bright Sails’, TB
Richard Goodman
Bright Sails
1963 Denver, Colorado
‘Aspenglow’, TB
Dr. P. A. Loomis
1962 Kansas City, Missouri
‘Millionaire’, TB
Roy Brizendine
1961 Newark, New Jersey
‘Friendship’, TB
Joseph Gatty
1960 Portland, Oregon
‘Violet Hills’, TB
Fred DeForest
Violet Hills
1959 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
‘Lady Rogers’, TB
Guy Rogers
Lady Rogers
1958 Syracuse, New York
‘Patrician’, TB
Harry Francis Hall
1957 Memphis, Tennessee
‘Foxfire’, TB
Edwin Fox
1956 Los Angeles, California
‘White Peacock’, TB
Mrs. D. Pattison
White Peacock

The Franklin Cook Memorial Cup originated in 1947 as the President’s Cup and was awarded as the President's Cup from 1947 thru 1955. Following the death of Dr. Cook, the AIS Board Of Directors changed the name of the award from the President’s Cup to the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup.

1955 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
‘Algiers’, TB
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Bickle
1954 Salt Lake City, Utah
‘Pink Fulfillment’, TB
Tel Muhlestein
Pink Fulfillment
1953 Boston, Massachusetts
‘Violet Harmony’, TB
Edith Lowry
Violet Harmony
1952 St. Louis, Missouri
‘Bellerive’, TB
Cliff Benson
1951 Shreveport, Louisiana
‘Royal Gem’, LA
Sally Smith
Royal Gem
1950 Sioux City, Iowa
‘Blue Rhythm’, TB
Mrs. C. Whitting
Blue Rhythm
1949 Portland, Oregon
‘Sunset Blaze’, TB
Rudolph Kleinsorge
Sunset Blaze
1948 Nashville, Tennessee
‘Amandine’, TB
Geddes Douglas
1947 Chicago, Illinois
‘Zantha’, TB
Orville Fay


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