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Re: HYB: AIS: Trial Garden Idea

I think Ahners idea is a good one but I think there are a couple of points to consider. Trial gardens really serve two groups of people. First hybridizers in deciding whether to introduce a cultivar; Second gardeners who wish to know if an introduced cultivar does well in their area. Ahners plan would work well for the first. But the Second group has a need for test gardens also. In this case it is necessary for information to be gathered and dispersed not just to a hybridzer but to people across the country. I would suggest that a simple evaluation form be available for each class of irises. People with display gardens fro different groups might want to announce a date when their garden was available to visitors and offer the visitors a chance to evaluate certain irises in the garden. The results could go into display garden reports, regional newsletters, etc. But some record could be assembled that could have meaning and provide some data for future consideration.

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