RE: HYB: AIS: Trial Garden Idea Redux
I think this is right on .
I think only a few people are really interested in hardiness and growability. This has been one of my main goals in hybridizing and the number of Loomis awards from Colorado Springs confirms the sucess. Yet these same plants don't seem to attract much attention other then from a group of loyal supporters in Canada who appreciate their growability plus beauty.
In any case the Symposium seems to be a good reporting base for what grows well and has beauty.
Chuck Chapman Guelph Ontario Canada with many days of -36C in winter, 30+ in summer, no snow cover in winter , no rain in summer and cold wet springs where many plants that have survived our winters and summers slowly rot away. PS after almost no rain all summer we got 6" of rain on Aug 19th ( still drying out my collection of Bulletins) and in direct path of Katrina
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 10:47:42 EDT
Subject: [iris] HYB: AIS: Trial Garden Idea Redux
In a message dated 8/29/05 8:54:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< I may have something more to offer on my own idea about people
registering to trial in their own gardens--this in response to a couple of notes I've
had from folks who know more about the world of hybridizing and how it really
works than I. >>
I have been told that to fret oneself that some hybridizers are not achieving
"gardenability" is to miss the point entirely, for 'gardenablity," especially
"gardenability" over a broad geographical area, is not among the goals shared
by the preponderance of them, who are breeding for new breaks of color and
I am told that competition is very fierce, that the big money and big glory
are at the cutting edge, and there is a limited window in which to get a new
introduction onto the market; accordingly, culling and trialing must happen
largely in the hybridizer's own garden. If other trialing is wanted, it is likely
to be done by a trusted colleague, a fellow hybridizer, who can offer
sophisticated insights. I understand that it may even be possible that in some
quarters the experience of gardeners around the country may not considered relevant
to the goals being persued, or even very interesting.
Of course, this is what one thought was probably the way things work, at
least in some hybridizer's gardens at the cutting edge. Certainly all indicators
pointed to it being the case. And why not? If the hybridizers are doing all
the work, they certainly also get to follow their own vision, and pick their own
goals, and customers who share these goals will support them. And it is not
like the preponderance of new iris introductions are duds, although some appear
to be unassailably mediocre.
Is "gardenability" even a workable goal when irises are complicated and
gardeners vary so much in their expectations and their skills and none of us are
gardening in Eden? Can we even agree on a definition?
Is it all, inevitably and forever, to be a crap shoot on a sliding scale,
with the greatest excitement and cost, but also the most unproven cultivars and
hence the greatest risk, financial and otherwise, found at the cutting edge,
and less risk, but also less excitement, not to say boredom, in growing the more
familiar, or market-proven cultivars? And is the aftermarket doing all the
Richmond VA USA
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