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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

Dykes Memorial Medal

The Dykes Memorial Medal is the highest award an Iris can receive. It honors William R. Dykes (1877-1925), an English botanist and author of The Genus Irus. In the U.S., the Dykes Medal is an annual award given by the British Iris Society through the American Iris Society.

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

Men's Garden Club Medal

The Men's Garden Club of America awarded Schreiner's the Horticultural Achievement in Iris Award with bearded Iris in 1966.
Florence International Iris Competition

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

Foster Memorial Medal

The British Iris Society awarded Schreiner's Gardens the Foster Memorial Plaque for assiduous efforts in hybridizing new Iris in 1963.
AIS Hybridizer's Medal

AIS Hybridizer's Medal

The American Iris Society awarded Schreiner's Gardens their Hybridizer's Award twice, in 1954 and 1998, for noteworthy contributions to the breeding of new Iris.
Perennial Plant Association Award

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

Massachusetts Horticulture Medal

The Massachusetts Horticulture Society medal was also awarded to Robert Schreiner in 1975 for his lifetime dedication and service for Iris.

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