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Re: Advice needed

When you are teaching this lesson, are you showing actual plants? For
example, you might show one potted without flowers and one branch with
the flowers. Some people, like myself, are much more visual in learning
and do better when I actually see things than just hear about them.

ETN Zone 7 
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911. 

----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2011 5:22:28 PM 
Subject: [CHAT] Advice needed 

If there's still anyone out there, please give me some words of advice on a 
problem I have. 
In the Horticulture School series I have been running for years, I always 
include a segment on the New York State Protected Plant List. The state 
list is quite lengthy, but the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State 
(FGCNYS) have prepared a selected list of those plants that might just 
appear in flower shows - a one-page list that is easy to tuck into your 
Handbook. It is considered that the rest of the state list are either wild 
flowers that wouldn't be suitable, or are so rare that they would never 
be seen. The FGCNYS policy reads: 
Plants named on the New York State list, "Protected Native Plants," 
cannot be exhibited in competitive classes, except in Special Exhibits 
Division as an Educational Exhibit. Such plants must have been 
acquired in a lawful manner, and may be cut specimens and/or 
container-grown plants. 
Commercially developed hybrids or cultivars (NOT NATURAL VARIETIES) 
of plants on the NY list are permitted in competitive classes, but ONLY 
when the DISTINGUISHING FEATURE is evident. 

I helped write this policy more than 20 years ago, and have been trying to 
teach it in the Horticulture Schools ever since. This year there have 
been three schools, and three more are scheduled. As State Chairman, I 
the exams for the schools. On each exam I include one question on the 
Protected Plant List. Many times the question reads: 

. May a branch of Cornus florida bCherokee Chiefb be exhibited in a 
flower show in a class of flowering branches. Explain. 
The answer, of course would be Yes, if the branch was in bloom, because the 
Distinguishing Feature, that is the red blooms, would be evident. If it 
were not 
in bloom, it could not be exibited. 

My problem is that more and more often I will get maybe one correct answer 
from each ten students. The answers I got this spring were so depressing 
I have resolved to make a greater effort to get the point across. I wonder 
some of you knowledgable people can give me a clue as to where the problem 
lies. To me, the concept is quite simple, but why do so many seem to miss 
These students are usually pretty alert to Horticultural matters - after 
all, it is a 
fairly specialized series. I would really appreciate any thoughts on the 

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