The Dykes Medal is the premier award of the iris hybridising world. It was initiated in 1927 by John Rikatson Dykes, a founder member of the RHS and author of the ‘Genus Iris’ published in 1913.
During this period the medal was awarded to Bryan Dodsworth twelve times. No one had previously won the medal more than four times in over eighty years.
This makes him the most celebrated twentieth century British Hybridiser of Tall Bearded Irises.
1977 Annabel Jane
1981 Jill Rosalind
1984 Bewick Swan
1985 Roman Emperor
1987 Buckden Pike
1990 High Peak
1997 Whooper Swan
2001 Darley Dale
Bryan’s first started exhibiting with the British Iris Society in 1967 when he won the Peckham Cup, and was an active exhibitor until the late 1990’s. Over forty years he won a wide assortment of trophies including the Fothergill, Romney Townrow and Insole trophies, and some of these on several occasions, as well as several RHS Awards of Merit.
Barry has been exhibiting with the British Iris Society since 1995. During this period he has won a wide assortment of trophies including the Fothergill, Romney Townrow and Rainbow Challenge. He has also received Awards of Garden Commendation and an RHS Award of Garden Merit. In 2014 Barry was awarded his first Dykes Medal for Iceni Sunset. This is a fitting tribute to the preeminent hybridiser of British Tall Bearded Irises today.