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Re: Irises & Lilies

Hello Everyone:

I think Louise Parson's comments on integrating general garden plants with
irises are quite good.  Thank you Louise.  And, I'd suggest to Scott Aitken
that he consider checking with Louise to see if this could be used in the
AIS BULLETIN (if his dad, the editor, agrees!).  Come to think of it, this
list has a tremendous amount of good info that would be good for
reproduction in the BULLETIN.  The use of this material, which I agree
could only be used with the consent of the author, would be a great
contribution to AIS from the list.  If material is "lifted" from the
various AIS round robins, why couldn't especially good pieces from the list
be used.  As another example:  I don't recall who wrote it, but the recent
report on the Western NY foray into Maine was especially interestingly

What I'm getting at here goes back to my tenure as AIS Membership Chair for
Region 22 (Arkansas and Oklahoma).  We had (have) a problem with folks
joining for one year, and then not renewing.  In talking with people --and
in response to a letter of "resignation" from one of these folks --I
discovered that most of the non-renewals found AIS to be too "clubby," and
that the organization (especially the magazine, which is, after all, their
main contact with AIS) did not meet the needs of non-specialists.

Frankly, most people I've spoken with about this issue believe AIS puts
much too much attention on hybridizers.  While there is, I think, great
appreciation for the long hours put in by breeders, most people are not
sitting on the edge of their chairs waiting for the latest news on, for
example, cultivars that produce blue bearded seedlings. Yes, by all means,
AIS should meet the needs of all its members--including hybridizers.  But,
if we had better balance--including publication of such material as Ms.
Parson's piece--then I think AIS would benefit.

Don't get me wrong.  I think AIS is headed in that direction.  And,
obviously, if I didn't find membership rewarding, I wouldn't be a
member...and I would not be sitting here typing a message on this topic!
But, I do think any organization can be improved.

Wow!  I started out to send a simple message of thanks to Louise Parsons
(and to urge her to write more pieces like this)...and I got off into
editorializing!  Bear with me...

Tom Dillard
Little Rock, Arkansas USA
Zone 7B

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