The tradition of an annual flower show started in 1963 when the first Annual Flower Show was held in June at the Lion Hall in Richmond Hill, ON. Our show has been held in many
locations over the years however it is currently held at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) in
This event encourages ONIS members to enter their named bloom stalks for judging by American Iris Society (AIS) accredited judges. The Show Schedule, which outlines the criterion upon which the bloom stalks are judged, is located below. Show credits,
awarded for first, second and third place bloom stalks, can be used to
buy iris rhizomes at the ONIS Auction and Sale held in August at the
Photo: Court of Honor from the 2008 show.
From left to right, Seedling 02-06-16, 'Tickle the Ivories', 'Bold Print', I. florentina, 'Satin Cut' and 'Baubles and Beads'.
Below is a list of the ONIS awards presented annually. The history of each award and previous recipients can be viewed in the sub-pages.
AIS Region 2 also has four awards that are rotated annually between its seven affiliates.
AIS Region 2 Awards*
(these are rotated annually between Region 2 affiliates)
R D Little Trophy
(Queen of the Show)
| || The Ruth B. Blevins Award|| Best of Show - Tall Bearded|
Toronto Region Trophy
(Princess of the Show)
Second Best Specimen
| || The William McGarvey Beardless Iris Award|| Highest Placed Beardless Iris|
F.W. Caulfield Trophy
Highest points in Tall Bearded (TB) class
| || The Magdelan Award|| Highest Placed Median Iris|
Jean Sanderson Trophy
Best Canadian Introduction
| || The Ethel Anson S. Peckham Award for Historic Iris|| Highest Placed Historic Iris|
W.J. Taylor Trophy
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Verna Laurin Plaque
Best Historic Iris
| || * For the history of these awards click here.|| |
| AIS Silver Certificate||Exhibitor with the Highest Number of 1st Place Ribbons|| || || |
| AIS Bronze Certificate|| Exhibitor with the 2nd Highest Number of 1st Place Ribbons|| || || |
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