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2016 - Alan was awarded the British Iris Society's Hybridisers Award (see below)

2010 - Alan was awarded the British Iris Society's Foster Memorial Plaque (see below)

 

 

2016

Pristine

Preliminary Commendation, Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, London Feb 16, 2016

Scent•sational

Preliminary Commendation, Scottish Rock Garden Club, Dunblane Scotland Feb 20, 2016

Spot On

Award of Merit, Scottish Rock Garden Club, Dunblane Scotland Feb 20, 2016

Velvet Smile

Preliminary Commendation, Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, London Feb 16, 2016

White Caucasus

Preliminary Commendation, Alpine Garden Society Loughborough Show, London Mar 5, 2016

 

2015

Eye Catcher

Preliminary Commendation, Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, London Feb 20, 2015

Sea Green

Award of Merit, Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, London Feb 20, 2015

Spot On

Preliminary Commendation, Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, London Feb 20, 2015

Storm

Preliminary Commendation, Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, London Feb 20, 2015

Sunshine

Preliminary Commendation, Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, London Feb 20, 2015

Vivacious Beginnings

Preliminary Commendation, Scottish Rock Garden Club, Dunblane Scotland Feb 21, 2015

 

2012

Eye Catcher

Premeur Lentetuin, Lentetuin ('Spring Garden' in Dutch) Flower show, Breezand Holland, Mar 1-5, 2012

 

2003

White Caucasus

Premeur Lentetuin, Lentetuin ('Spring Garden' in Dutch) Flower show, Breezand Holland, March, 2003

 

 

 

[Hybridisers Award write up goes here once it is published]

 

 

The Foster Memorial Plaque [from the 2010 British Iris Society Year Book]

Anne Blanco White

 

This is a special personal award to those who contribute to the advance of the Genus Iris and for 2010 it goes to Alan McMurtrie of Canada who richly deserves it. For some thirty years now he has been working with reticulata irises - not exclusively as he has included Junos and pogons as well as practically anything else that took his fancy. Additionally, he has an extensive non-iris life style. Well known in the Canadian and United States iris world, his collecting expeditions to Turkey, started in 1985, netted him in particular his Çat reticulata and a diploid I. danfordiae.

He settled in to hybridise and one concomitant of that was his record of crosses and selections and failures not to mention alternative garden sites for plants which as he says himself, "could do better if he tried". The early hybrids were interesting and some bore an intriguing resemblance to I. 'Katharine Hodgkin'. But patient selection, crossings and back-crossings steadily resulted in more spectacular colour combinations which had never previously featured in these bulbs. This involved careful consideration of the older, commercially available plants and could they be crossed with the new ones to give later fertile offspring for further hybridising. Anyone who has read his articles, let alone seen his website, will understand the excitement of watching a new potential treasure open up. It is no joke trying to introduce new bulbs to nurserymen and persuade them that they really will be worth the time and work to bring them to a market so very used to the old regulars for they need to be increased on a considerable scale and to remain healthy.

Alan has managed this and with luck they will soon be sought by more growers who would like more variety in colour at this time of year. We hope his work will continue for many years and give iris growers yet more treasures.

 



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