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Re: [CULT] Green (was Red)

In a message dated 8/23/05 12:20:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time, appleb@cut.net 

<< I'm just curious in what ways irisarians might be more green.  I assume 
it's about use of anti-fungals, pesticides, herbicides and such.  >>

Well, certainly about reaching for those commodities as a first rather than a 
last resort, but also about remembering the parts of the AIS bylaws which 
speak of conservation of Iris species in the wild, with all that implies. It is 
about enhanced and informed sensitivity to our relationship with, and impact 
upon, the environment.

Personal values and choices, geographical pragmatics, and economics come into 
play in any such discussion, but I really do think the Society should not be 
timid about revisiting some of its traditional presumptions and approaches to 
various horticultural issues and public concerns, especially any which are 
arguably archaic or counterproductive. Perhaps we should start by rethinking the 
definition of an excellent iris.

Anner Whitehead 
Richmond VA USA

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