Good morning Robert, I'm relatively new to iris growing ( 12 years ) but have become an avid iris collector and plan to hybridize someday. I am also a member of a few of the Iris groups on Facebook. There have been lengthy discussions on both of these sites about society membership and the number of judges in each as well as many topics about judging and judges training.
Your last sentence makes me wonder about Iris Societies as well as commercial growers using the Iris Wiki. Can the 'satellite' societies advertise on the Iris Wiki? Perhaps this could be another way to get more people interested in their local iris societies as well as the AIS. I'm always telling people about our local iris society every time the subject of my iris addiction comes up.
I'm just getting my feet wet and am loving it, but I fear the number if growers and hybridizers had been dwindling in the past several years, or so it seems. ( horrifiying thought! ) &:-)
Date: 1/24/2012 8:37:06 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Where have all the images gone
Linda; You could be right that people who have been contributing photos have tapped their image collection to the max. There are 30,000 images on the wiki. But considering Daves Garden has more I am sure many people have hardly begun. I am extremely thankful for everyone who has helped. I should pass along that many people have found this reference useful and said so. I am sure many more have never commented. I am a sucker for statistics and research. One of the interesting things I have found is how much people use the wiki. It varies from month to month but most months see as many as 50-100 times the visitors as any other Iris site with the exception of Shreiners. Because the wiki sends people to each of the sections and cooperating societies it is beneficial to all those groups to make their area of the wiki as nice as possible. Sadly as organizations the sections
have not really taken advantage of this free advertizing.
From: "Linda Mann" <email@example.com>To: firstname.lastname@example.orgSent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:16:48 AMSubject: [iris-photos] Re: Where have all the images gone
I don't know, Bob. Maybe the first phase of uploading everything folks
have on hand is over, need some way to easily identify which photos are
needed, to go hunt for them?
Just a guess.
Seems like most of the photos I see on FB (iris lovers, reblooming) are
seedling pictures, not what you are asking for.
Linda Mann east TN USA zone 7