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Re: AIS: Mike's Challenge

isn't the definition of a show stalk: a stalk that shows up at a show?
  I think sometimes we create too much pressure around showing.  So what if I can't win best specimen with my stalk?  Isn't it possible I could learn something just from going?
  It is of course possible to enjoy just being there.

ChatOWhitehall@aol.com wrote:
  In a message dated 2/4/2006 6:53:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
Autmirislvr@aol.com writes:

Many people wouldn't grow irises if they didn't show! I think a lot of 
AIS members fall in this class. It's the thrill of the competition. 

I've never known anyone of whom I thought that could be said. As I said, I 
think some folks enjoy showing, and some, for various reasons are not 
attracted to "the thrill of the competition." Surely it is understood that this was 
intended to be a simple statement of observed patterns?

I do not think you have to be interested in competition to be an 
"irisarian", or in showing to be a valuable and supportive AIS member. This is, of 
course, just my own opinion. I'm rather removed from the question since In my case 
the option does not present itself. The challenges of growing irises in my 
garden are so severe that I could not produce a show stalk if my life depended 
on it. 


Anner Whitehead
Richmond VA USA 

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