The English Iris Company had a stand at The Suffolk Show for the first time in the Floral marquee. This was an ideal opportunity to showcase British Irises in our own back yard. Our display had two essential components:
- A stunning collection of Bryan Dodsworth’s Classic Irises.
- A great display of our Contemporary Collection, featuring irises raised by Barry Emmerson, and other notable British Iris breeders.
The display was received enthusiastically by those visiting the Show and was awarded with a Silver Guilt Medal by the judges on our first show attempt. Given the difficulties in finding suitable plants due to the cold weather conditions leading up to the Show, this was no small achievement.
Predictably, some of the blooms that had been reluctant to open in time for the judges were in full flower a couple of hours later!
The Suffolk Show also provided the venue to launch ‘Iceni Sunset’, Barry’s 2014 Dykes Medal winner, as well as some of his latest seedlings, one of which caused much comment, and was much admired.
This was a rare opportunity to see British Irises at their best.