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Re: AIS: Serious Stuff about Judges' Ballots

>If HMs, AMs and awards are to have meaning
>and merit for the whole iris-growing community, they must encompass the
>entire growing geography of that community.  If not, then regional awards
>would serve the purpose much better.

I absolutely agree with both Donald's statements above and Ellen's which 
prompted them.  That's exactly why I pay virtually no attention to awards 
when choosing irises for my own garden.  They have no relevancy here.  
Nor does the AIS Symposium in general.  I am more inclined to read the 
regional Symposium results with interest, and I also read my regional 
newsletter to note which irises are exhibited successfully in my region.  
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Beauty is as Beauty does ... 
and what it does out in CA or OR where it wins awards doesn't necessarily 
mean diddlysquat here.


USDA zone 3b, AHS zone 4 - northern MN
acidic clay soil

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