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Re: HYB: Pollen Dauber's Seminar in OKC

From: Greer Holland <mindpath@flash.net>

James Brooks wrote:
> From: James Brooks <hirundo@tricon.net>
> At 12:45 AM 1/30/99 -0600, you wrote:
> >From: Greer Holland <mindpath@flash.net>
> >
> >Dear Folks,
> >
> >The Sooner State Iris Society is pleased to announce our TWENTIETH
> >annual
> >featuring
> Dear Mona -
>  My guess from the topic is that this is a seminar for experienced
> hybridizers. For you or anyone else, I'd be interested in knowing of anyone
> putting on a seminar starting with the basics for inexperienced wannabes.
>  First question, of course, in reading of some of these 20 year projects,
> is whether it is worth the trouble to even start getting involved at age 59
> (yes, my mother is 87 and still plants trees, so I understand the
> optimistic side of it).
> James Brooks
> Jonesborough, TN
> hirundo@tricon.net

Dear James,
     Usually, about 50% of our Pollen Dauber attendees are into some
sort of hybridizing (some very slightly) and others attend just for the
interest of further knowledge and to see some friendly folks.  
     I personally don't believe 59 is to late to begin a new project in
life (even something that might take many years to fruit).  Perhaps you
will find it so rewarding that it will fill your life with joy.  There
is something quite magical in seeing your first seedlings bloom (even if
they are not worthy of introducing) and knowing that you and the
powers-that-be-in-our-universe helped create something never created
before.  The most important knowledge passed on to me is to make sure
that you use good parents (both the mother and father plant should have
good foliage habits, branching, stalks, bud count, flower form and
substance).  This will help you have better first seedlings that just
going out and daubing anything with anything.  Some hybridizers go at it
scientifically and some artistically.  There is so much information
available from many sources, but The World of Iris book (available from
the AIS) is very helpful in explaining the daubing process.  
     I was very fortunate to have Paul Black take me by the hand and
show me where to put the pollen, and encourage my amateur phone calls
asking every question imaginable.  Perhaps you can find someone locally
who will be your mentor.

All my best to you,
Mona French

p.s. - If I hear of any "beginning hybridizing" seminars or talks, I
will let you know.

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