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November 8, 1977: In a country garden

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November 08, 2017

Alan Johnson of Tongala has a wide knowledge of the growing and exhibiting of Iris flowers.

He has been growing them for the past 26 years and has travelled to America to gain more experience.

In 1971 he was elected federal president of the Australian Iris Society a position he held for four years.

At the moment he is country vice-president of the Victorian Region.

He started breeding Hybrid Iris, to improve the shape and lasting qualities of the flower, some 20 years ago.

At the same time he commenced exhibiting Iris at the annual Melbourne Iris Show and usually manages to bring home some of the top awards from these shows.

His success in the growing field can be measured by the fact, 10 names of Hybrid Iris he has bred have been registered with the American Iris Society.

The next 12 months will be a busy time for Alan and his Iris growing as visitors to the Australian Iris Society Convention will spend a full day at his home in Tongala.

It is four years since the last Australian convention and visitors are expected from America, New Zealand, Britain and other parts of the world.

Alan is preparing 600 Iris to show his convention visitors, as well as 1000 seedlings.

He regards his hobby as a challenge to produce new seedlings each year.

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