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RE: Re: Symposium ballot

I agree about the "no limits".  TB's would probably still dominate (which I 
don't mind), but some very wonderful iris don't make the list for whatever 
reason.  I would prefer to be able to continue giving my opinion concerning 
those cultivars, even if an insufficient number of judges are aware of 
them.  My absolute favorite iris are Epicenter, Timescape, Cloud Ballet, 
and Select Circle.  Not all are on the list (I think Timescape is not?), 
but some similar and in my opinion inferior varieties may be.

John Reeds

From: 	Dennis Kramb[SMTP:dkramb@badbear.com]
Reply To: 	iris-talk@egroups.com
Sent: 	Wednesday, August 23, 2000 8:35 PM
To: 	iris-talk@egroups.com
Subject: 	Re: [iris-talk] Re: Symposium ballot

The rules should be simple:  One symposium.  All irises.  List your top 10
(or whatever) irises.  No limits.  No restrictions.  Don't force people to
pick from some preconceived list.

If a species is my favorite... then let me vote for it.  If a historic is
my favorite... then let me vote for it.  Will it win?  I doubt it.  The TBs
may still come out on top, but I bet there will be some surprises!  Such as
Iris danfordiae, perhaps, for being among the first to bloom... who knows?
But I sure want to find out!

As it stands today, the AIS TB Symposium is only meaningful to those
gardeners who are fortunate enough to have the money & land (and who happen
to live in the right climate) to grow plenty of new intros.  And I think
that is a waste of resources *if* AIS wants to be an organization focused
on the average iris enthusiast... the Symposium should be geared to the
average grower (regardless of where they live).

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