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. William 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. and his son Lawrence became owner of the Orpngton 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.
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