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re: Re: TB: awards - Decadence
  • Subject: re: Re: TB: awards - Decadence
  • From: "Tom Waters" <irises@telp.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:26:49 -0700

Linda writes:

Changing the award system to promote the most durable PLANTS would 
certainly slow down the evolution of all the fancy new colors and 
patterns and forms that come from Oz, CA and OR (i.e., iris heaven).  Is 
that really what anybody wants? 

I don't believe this is true. Those exciting new colors and magnificent 
blooms are what sell. Hybridizers will not stop breeding them just because 
the awards system shifts in the direction of durability. The person buying 
irises from a catalog or web site can already see for themselves if a new 
variety has a spectacular color or pattern. If the AIS awards are to add 
any value above and beyond what the shopper can already see in the catalog 
pictures, that added value has to be a recognition of superior plant and 
stalk qualities.




Tom Waters   

Telperion Oasis ~ www.telp.com/irises    

Cuyamungue, New Mexico, USA (zone 5/6)  

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