Schreiner's Awards and Achievements
Iris, like many other garden flowers, are judged for their performance in the garden. Several local and national Iris societies, most notably the American Iris Society, present a multitude of awards among the many categories of Iris. We specialize in breeding and growing top quality Bearded Iris. Below is a list of the awards we have been fortunate to receive over the years.
Dykes Memorial Medal
We've had the pleasure of receiving this distinguished medal eleven times. The Irises honored were: Blue Sapphire (1958), Amethyst Flame (1963), Stepping Out (1968), Victoria Falls (1984), Titan's Glory (1988), Dusky Challenger (1992), Silverado (1994), Honky Tonk Blues (1995), Hello Darkness (1999), Yaquina Blue (2001) and Celebration Song (2003).
Men's Garden Club Medal
Florence International Iris Competition
The Florence Council, in collaboration the the Italian Iris Society, have held an International Iris Competition for tall and bearded irises every year since 1954, with a large presence and international success. The rhizomes of each variety are sent to Florence by hybridizers throughout the world during the period June to September and they are cultivated at the Iris Garden of Piazzale Michelangelo for three years before being judged by an International Jury. The Competition is 'anonymous', that is, each plant entered is labelled with initials so that the Jury knows the name of the variety and of the hybridizer only after having finished judging. A classification of merit is established and some special prizes are awarded on the basis of particular characteristics of the individual variety. The winner of the first prize receives a Gold Fiorin, the gift of the Florence Tourist Organization.
2009: Coming Storm, 5th Honorable Mention
2012: All About Blue, Rora and Luciano Bausi Prize for the Best Blue Variety
2012: Rio Rojo, Giorgio Saviane Prize for the Best Early Variety
2014: Drifting, Premio Firenze (First Place)
Foster Memorial Medal
AIS Hybridizer's Medal
Perennial Plant Association Award
For noteworthy achievement in hybridizing, Robert Schreiner was honored with the Perennial Plant Association's Distinguished Service Medal in 1988 and the American Iris Society's Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement.
Massachusetts Horticulture Medal
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