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Re: AIS:HYB:Test Gardens

Rita's comments about the convention photographs (below) prompt me to take a
few moments to praise the photographers and others involved in producing the
Convention CD from St. Louis.  I reviewed the complete CD this week.  In my
opinion, the photos are outstanding, and indicate that the photographers
took pains to show each plant to its best advantage.  Just judging from my
own seedlings which were there as guests, the photographers did a better job
on some of them than I have been able to do in my own gardens, and only were
frustrated by a couple of varieties that are simply hard to photograph
either because of texture or (regrettably) form.  If any of you has not yet
ordered the CD, I recommend it as very well worth the price.  I may say more
on convention guest irises later, but have to get out and plant some of the
returned rhizomes.  --  Griff

----- Original Message -----
From: <GormleyGreenery@aol.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 9:56 AM
Subject: Re: [iris]AIS:HYB:Test Gardens

> Hybridizers get very important benefits contributing their irises to
> Conventions-both national and Regional.  First they get to see how well
their intros
> do in other climates (barring weather problems) and hopefully get
> from the guest iris chair at the end of the second and third years as  to
> well they did by garden.
> Then, many hyrbridizers leave their stock to be sold at Auction/sales and
> variety will get good distribution for no cost and effort. (Betty, Theme
> Master  was like that-grew like gangbusters and was widely distributed as
> Christy  Hensler's Ice Cream Social and since we had pictures of the
> irises,  which is VERY important, they generated a lot of interest!
> As an aside, we have had pictures of most of our auction/sale irises for
> several years and members and the general public now get indignant if we
> have a picture for a particular iris!  Hybridizers are urged to send
> pictures with their Guest Irises which follows Bob Pries unrelenting
quest for
> illustrated checklists!  If a convention doe not methodically  take
> pictures (as we did) they are missing great sales  opportunities.  Even
> convention attendees don't get to see the early/late  bloomers and miss an
> opportunitiy to see them growing and blooming - which was  the case with
scores of
> gorgeous Siberians for this convention!   Fortunately they are all on our
> convention CD!
> More than you wanted to know, I'll bet!
> Rita  Gormley
> Gormley Greenery
> Cedar Hill, MO
> AIS Region 18, Zone  5
> http://www.gormleygreenery.com/
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