AUBURN — Dr Warren Hazelton was awarded the American Iris Society’s Region 1 Beatrice Warburton medal at the annual meeting of the Maine Iris Society. He was chosen by accredited judges for a hybridized introduction that he named “Ayuh” in honor of his Maine roots.
The medal is given to recognize international achievement for contributions to the knowledge, discovery and dissemination of iris seeds and plants.
Warburton is the author of “The World of Irises.”
Ayuh is a standard dwarf bearded iris introduced in 2003. It is golden yellow with red veins. This class of irises blooms in May and is shorter than the June blooming tall bearded irises.
Hazelton, now a resident of the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris, grew irises with his wife Marie for many years on Crocket Ridge in Norway. The couple earned many honors over the years, including Queen of Show for the best specimen at an iris flower show. Besides being well known in iris circles, Hazelton delivered thousands of babies at Stephens Memorial Hospital and was the lead in many community musical theater productions.
The American Iris Society vice president for Region 1, made up of the New England States, Linda Corapi, was present to give Hazelton the last medal struck when the award was established in 1998. Members of the Maine Iris Society gave Hazelton a standing ovation.