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Re: AR: C. G. White arilbreds

From: HIPSource@aol.com

In a message dated 7/8/99 2:31:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time, BILLS@hsc.edu 

<<  The old C. G. White arilbreds were a very interesting lot.  I'm saddened 
 hear that some of them have become extinct or nearly so; certainly they
 deserve preservation.  Perhaps the ASI should make a concerted effort
 before it's too late. >>

Several people have expressed an interest this year in finding them and I 
have had little success overall in satisfying their requests. 

In any system which lacks historical perspective, which gives the 
preponderance of its attention and approbation to new developments and does 
not show adequate respect for prior accomplishments and the achievements of 
pathfinders, sad stories abound of glorious things not cherished until it was 
too late. I think there is a lot of this in the world of irises.

In this case the problem is exacerbated by the difficult nature of the plants 
themselves. Not everyone, however well intentioned, can grow the arilbreds 
and they are doubly vulnerable to extinction because of this. 

An observation from HIPSource, who, regrettably, could tell you a lot of 
similar stories.

Anner Whitehead
Commercial Source Chairman
Historic Iris Preservation Society,AIS

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