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

  • Subject: RE: [iris] Iris Fairies - & Perils of designing/interpreting surveys!
  • From: "Dana Brown" danabrown@peoplepc.com
  • Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2006 07:15:02 -0600
  • List-archive: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris/> (Web Archive)
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I agree!!  The point you seemed to be sharing was that while conducting a
survey of people attending an iris show you discovered that some people
would not grow iris if they couldn't show them.  A point you found
surprising and wanted to share with us based on the thread at the time.  I
have also met such people and on the other hand I have met people who would
rather burn their iris to the ground than show them.  

We have discovered that somes enjoy an opportunity to compete in an event
that does not require them to be athletic, or graceful, or talented in some
special way.  The fact that ANY one can grow a good variety well enough to
enter it in a show and compete on a level playing field seems to appeal to
some kids.  Not all kids are going to feel this way, of course, nor do we
want them to, but some do.



Dana D. Brown
AIS Region 17 RVP
Director ASI, TBIS
Malevil Iris Gardens & Kennels
Lubbock, TX  79403
Zone 7 USDA, Zone 10 Sunset

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net] On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 5:30 AM
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: Re: [iris] Iris Fairies - & Perils of designing/interpreting

In a message dated 2/7/2006 12:41:43 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
jbruce1@cinci.rr.com writes:

<<I think then that you would see the percentage who said they  wouldn't
without a show to be much  smaller.  >>
John, Gesine, and Others,
For clarity . . .
the intention of my survey was NOT to determine how many people grow irises

only to show them!  The primary purpose of the survey was to determine  
specifics about attitudes toward garden irises in general and rebloomers in

particular.  This was one of 20 questions.  NOT the only  question.  Far
from being 
the 'point' of the survey.  
The survey was only mentioned to back up my allegation that there were SOME

people that grow irises just to show!   I made no claim to how many .  . .  
only to my surprise at the number.  
No attempt to extrapolate the numbers has been made on my part.  It  was 
simply an observation.  One I thought interesting enough to pass  on.  
My surprise might have been greater because I am not one of them!  
Some people, total number unknown, do grow irises just to show  them.  I've 
known many iris lovers in and out of the AIS, and I have  personally known
(a few) of these people.  <vbg>
In my opinion no survey can be determined to be 'pure.'  It will  always 
carry the bias or intention of the person who compiled the survey.   Margins
error exist.   

If you  don't cross them, you can't  plant them! 
Betty W. in South-central  KY Zone 6 ---
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