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Re: Iris Fairies - & Perils of designing/interpreting surveys!

I think the point was that the survey was given to iris people who attend the show
than all iris people. Our club at one time was comprised of over 70 members. There
was a
distinct division between those who showed irises and those who simply grew them.
few of the latter group would be found at the annual show, so a survey given there
would be
obviously be heavily skewed towards the pro-show attitude. A more fair sample
would be
comprised of all iris members active enough to care to answer the survey. I think
then that
you would see the percentage who said they wouldn't grow without a show to be much

John Bruce
Hidden Acres Iris Gardens

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Autmirislvr@aol.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: [iris] Iris Fairies - & Perils of designing/interpreting surveys!

> In a message dated 2/6/2006 11:02:47 A.M. Central Standard Time,
> kathges@yahoo.com writes:
> <<I think the main reason to do shows is to get other
> people  interested in iris >>
> That works for me.
> As to the survey being given to a pre-selected sample of people?   Aren't all
> surveys given to a pre-selected sampling of people?  This would  have also
> been true if I'd gone to a random neighborhood and knocked on  doors.  But I'd
> have invested a great deal more time and energy with very  little results!
> Where else would I have access to 100 or so people guaranteed to grow
> irises?  LOL!   Of course, it was given to mainly AIS members  since they are
> only people that go to regional meetings.  And we were  originally talking about
> how to gain more members!
> Never said it was given to regular, run of the mill, gardeners!  Some  of
> these people go to shows to see what's available, but wouldn't be caught dead
> entering the shows!  Still others only want to look at the irises in their
> garden.
> How many people buy from the iris catalogs and never go to a  show?? Lots I
> think. Many more than the number that join AIS.
> Again, it takes all kinds of iris lovers to make a world.  Some like  to show
> and some just like to grow!
> The last thing I would ever do is tell someone how to enjoy their  irises!
> ________________________________________________________
> If you  don't cross them, you can't  plant them!
> Betty W. in South-central  KY Zone 6 ---
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