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This profile was last updated on 2/26/15  and contains information from public web pages.
Company Description: The Society for Louisiana Irises was founded in 1941. In 1978 a section of the A.I.S. called the Louisiana Iris Society of America was created for furthering...   more

Employment History

  • Milliken Iris Gardens
Web References
S L I Memoriam: Henry Rowlan, 26 Feb 2015 [cached]
Ben Hager
S L I Memoriam Ben Hager, 4 Nov 2014 [cached]
Ben Hager
Ben Hager We regret the loss of another or our fine iris hybridizers from California with the death of Ben Hager in the first week of May. Ben became interested in the Louisiana irises when he first worked for Milliken Iris Gardens in Southern California. They were one of the first large commercial gardens to offer what was then a new type of irises. It was here he met Sid DuBose, who had been a student in horticulture at Louisiana State University and an early member of the Society for Louisiana Irises. The two left Milliken in 1955 to buy and operate Melrose Iris Gardens in Modesto, California. Four years later they moved to Stockton, California. Ben was known primarily as a hybridizer of bearded irises, but worked with many different species and lately with daylilies.
Much of the instant popularity of the Chowning irises can be credited to Hager, who introduced them in the late 1970s with a full page color picture of ANN CHOWNING on the cover of the Melrose catalog.
At the Welcome Dinner when I stood up for Region 10, Ben Hager and Sid DuBose stood up, clapped, yelled and whistled!
This is just one of the ways Ben Hager endeared himself to all the members of the American Iris Society.
SLI Recent Awards & Popularity Poll, 23 April 2008 [cached]
Ben Hager
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