Iris - Cedric Morris cultivars
Acclaimed artist Sir Cedric Morris ran the East Anglian Art School at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk from 1940. A celebrated painter, plantsman and the creative force behind the famous gardens at Benton End. He was a notable Iris breeder and although many of his 90 or so introductions have been lost, several have been rediscovered and their names verified. Sarah Cook, a former Head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent has spent the last 10 years researching and rediscovering Cedric's Iris, culminating in a wonderful exhibit staged in conjunction with Howard Nurseries at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015.
Beths own connection with Sir Cedric Morris began in the 1950's and their friendship grew over the years based on their mutual love of plants. Cedric became Beths mentor as well as a rich source of many plants
"I taught myself to propagate plants from the precious screws of paper full of seed, berries or cuttings I have been given by Cedric as well as generous earthy bundles of roots, tubers and bulbs".