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RE HYB: Trial Gardens

From: "Kathleen Devlin" <iris@dancingmeadows.com>
Subject: Re:  [iris] Trial garden form: acquisition

In fact, our club site could also  host the contact list of hybridizers and
trial gardens, in addition to  providing a downloadable evaluation  form.



Kathy, your website is dynamite and it brings up another "factor" - Public  
Gardens that are maintained by clubs!   
The Iris Club maintains seven Iris Gardens at the Detroit  Zoo,

These public gardens , like your Zoo, are a common thing by clubs all over  
the states. St. Louis area has the Missouri Botanical Garden maintained by  
Greater St. Louis Iris Society, Southview School by Kirkwood Iris Society,  
Jefferson College by JeffCo Iris Society.  I know of at least a dozen other  
"public iris beds" that are maintained by groups and it appears that they would  be 
the likely spots for Trial Garden activities.  There are already many  iris 
members involved in all of these.
I know  a "standardized form" would vary in meaning among hybridizers,  
iris-buying public and us "Iris Addicts"  but at least a simple form  that can be 
modified for special needs (like Youth members reporting back  to the 
hybridizers who generously sent guest irises to a school, etc. or  Convention Guest 
Iris gardens reporting back to the Guest Iris Chairman who then  sends to 
hybridizers-know that procedure is RARELY done!) certainly would be  useful.
Now don't deluge our favorite hybridizers with  requests, but what kind of 
form do they use for evaluating their own  seedlings?  They must all use 
something unless their memory is better than  the average bear!  
If some kind of coordinated effort on this "Trial Garden" project were  
launched, then that information could be gathered without annoying hybridizers  
with requests or wasting time of many people.  The more "ideas" that are  
bantered around here, the better.  Although the individuals involved in  this 
discussion are few, the LIST is large so there are more out there who could  add to 
the long-term usefulness of a project of this type!
Rita  Gormley
Gormley Greenery
Cedar Hill, MO
AIS Region 18, Zone  5

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