Chieftain, Volume 30, Number 1, Spring 1981 Page: 1
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by Kathleen Haegele
Dr. Joe and the Iris Patch
The names catch you first: Grand Waltz, Son of Star,
Babbling Brook, Latin Lover, Kilt Lilt, Bayberry
Candle, Stepping Out. Some of the names speak in
colors—Lemon Mist, Raspberry Ripples, Pink Sleigh.
Carved Cameo, Blue Luster, Dutch Chocolate, Study in
The panorama of names finds its equal during the
first few weeks in April each year.
April first, to the day, marks the beginning of iris
season in Abilene. And nowhere is the season better
represented than on our campus.
McMurry's iris garden has received yearly local
coverage by both the paper and television. The blooming
season is an event in Abilene, but you, our alumni, may
have little access to or even memory of the garden.
It's time we flaunted our flowers.
Dr. Norlan Henderson, botanist and professor of
biology at McMurry in 1961, broke ground both in the
administrative offices and later in the sloping bank
south of Radford to establish a garden unique in West
Dr. Joe Humphrey, then academic dean at
McMurry, remembers the day Henderson came to his
office and said, "Dr. Joe, don't you think the campus
looks awfully bare?".
"And, it really did," Dr. Joe said.
Dr. Joe then asked Henderson what he thought
should be done about it and Henderson had an answer
Here’s what’s next.
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