Payne Medal

Payne Award/Medal

The Payne Medal, named for W. Arlie Payne, is the highest award given by the American Iris Society that a Japanese iris can receive in its class. Payne Medal winners are then eligible to win the Dykes Medal, which is the highest award an iris can receive from The American Iris Society. 1992 and prior the highest award a Japanese Iris could receive was the Payne Award. This award has now been elevated to a medal status. Below is a list of Japanese Irises which have received the Payne Award or Medal. The hybridizer and year of introduction are in parentheses.

Payne Medal

PAYNE MEDAL WINNERS

2021
Two awards were given out this year as Judging was suspended in 2021

‘COLUMBIA DEEP WATER’
(Chad Harris 2013)

Columbia Deep Water

‘DALLE WHITEWATER’
(Chad Harris 2011)

Dalle Whitewater

2020
Due to COVID, The American Iris Society suspended awards for the year
Double awards will be awarded in 2021

2019 tie with ‘CASCADE RAIN’ and ‘INDIGO ANGEL’

2019
‘CASCADE RAIN’
(Chad Harris 2008)

Cascade Rain

2019
‘INDIGO ANGEL’

( Bob Bauer/John Coble 2011)

Indigo Angel

2018
‘Kimono Silk’
(Bob Bauer/John Coble 2008)

Kimono Silk

2017
‘OH SO PINK’
(Don Delmez 2010)

Oh So Pink

2016
‘JOHN’S FANCY’
(Jill Copeland 2008)

John’s Fancy

2015
‘SUGAR DOME’
(Bob Bauer/John Coble 2008)

Sugar Dome

2014
‘LADY IN PINK’
(Terry Aitken 2006)

Lady In Pink

2013
‘BEWITCHING TWILIGHT’
(Chad Harris 2000)

Bewitching Twilight

2012
‘COHO’
(Chad Harris 2005)

Coho

2011
‘LAKE EFFECT’
(Bob Bauer/John Coble 2014)

Lake Effect

2010
‘SUE JO’
(Don Delmez 2003)

Sue Jo

2009
‘LITTLE BOW PINK’
(Don Delmez 1998)

Little Bow Pink

2008
‘RASPBERRY CANDY’
(Bob Bauer/John Coble 1999)

Raspberry Candy

2007
DIRIGO PINK MILESTONE’
(John White 2000)

Dirigo Pink Milestone

2006
SING THE BLUES’
(Lorena Reid 1997)

Sing The Blues

2006
‘BLUE SPRITZ’

(Don Delmez 1996)

Blue Spritz

2004
EPIMETHEUS’
(Sterling Innerst 1992)

Epimetheus

2003 tie with LION KING, RASPBERRY GLOW

2003
‘LION KING’
(Bob Bauer/John Coble 1996)

Lion King

2003
‘RASPBERRY GLOW’
(Terry Aitken 1992)

Raspberry Glow

2002
‘ELECTRIC GLOW’
(Terry Aitken 1992)

Electric Glow

2001
‘PICOTEE PRINCESS’
(Lorena Reid 1992)

Picotee Princess

2000
BELLENDER BLUE’
(Bob Bauer/John Coble 1993)

Bellender Blue

1999
GEISHA OBI’
(Lois Rich 1989)

Geisha Obi

1998
BUTTERFLIES IN FLIGHT’
(Terry Aitken 1991)

Butterflies In Flight

1997 tie with ELECTRIC RAYS, IAPETUS

1997
ELECTRIC RAYS’
(Terry Aitken 1990)

Electric Rays

1997
IAPETUS’
(Sterling Innerst 1998)

Iapetus

1996 tie with EDGE OF FROST, KALAMAZOO

1996
EDGE OF FROST’
(Marie Dienstbach 1998)

Edge of Frost

1996
KALAMAZOO’
(Hazzard by Bauer/Coble 1989)

Kalamazoo

1995
CASCADE CREST’
(Terry Aitken 1988)

Cascade Crest

1994
CAPRICIAN BUTTERFLY’
(Marx by Rodgers 1985)

Caprician Butterfly

1993
ORIENTAL EYES’
(Adolph Vogt 1984)

Oriental Eyes

PAYNE AWARD

1992
‘JAPANESE PINWHEEL’
(Currier McEwen 1988)

Japanese Pinwheel

1991
LILAC PEAKS’
(Adolph Vogt 1987)

Lilac Peaks

1990
CAPRICIAN BUTTERFLY’
(Marx by Rodgers 1985)

Caprician Butterfly

1989
BLUEBERRY RIMMED’
(Currier McEwen 1983)

Blueberry Rimmed

1988
ORIENTAL EYES’
(Adolph Vogt 1984)

Oriental Eyes

1987
FRECKLED GEISHA’
(Lorena Reid 1981)

Freckled Geisha

1986
IPSUS’
(Sterling Innerst 1981)

Ipsus

1985
BLUE MARLIN’
(Jill Copeland 1981)

Blue Marlin

1984
No Award

1983
‘RASPBERRY RIMMED’
(Currier McEwen 1979)

1982
RETURNING TIDE’
(Currier McEwen 1976)

Returning Tide

1981
FUJI’
(Thornton Abell 1977)

Fuji

1980
PURPLE PARASOL’
(Currier McEwen 1977)

Purple Parasol

1979
PRAIRIE VELVET’
(Arthur Hazzard 1972)

Prairie Velvet

1978
TUPTIM’
(Lois Rich 1974)

Tuptim

1977
No Award

1976
‘STRANGER IN PARADISE’
(Ben Hager 1970)

Stranger In Paradise

1975
PRAIRIE LOVE SONG’
(Arthur Hazzard 1970)

Prairie Love Song

1974
No Award

1973
HUE AND CRY’
(Fred Maddocks 1970)

Hue And Cry

1972
No Award

1971
NUMAZU’
(Arthur Hazzard 1965)

Numazu

1970
WORLEY PINK’
(Violet Worley 1967)

Worley Pink

1969
STAR AT MIDNIGHT’
(Raymond Rich 1964)

Star At Midnight

1968
DANCING WAVES’
(Walter Payne 1964)

Dancing Waves

1967
LEAVE ME SIGHING’
(Fred Maddocks 1964)

Leave Me Sighing

THE FIRST PAYNE AWARD
1966
STRUT AND FLOURISH’
(Walter Payne 1964)

Strut And Flourish


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