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  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • From: "Lora L. Masche" <loramasche@cdepot.net>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 09:41:15 -0600 (MDT)

Thanks Kathy for a great job on news reporting.  I found it all very
interesting and enjoyed reading it first hand without having to for go my
dinner.  I wish I could be there  to tour all the beautiful gardens for I
know there are many.  You will have to be our eyes and share the beauty with
us.  Have fun, and I'll look forward to your next news report.
Lora L. Masche
Forquin Mountain Iris Garden
21643 Shake Ridge Road
Volcano, CA 95689
-----Original Message-----
From: Irisborer@aol.com <Irisborer@aol.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
Date: Tuesday, June 02, 1998 10:20 PM

>Your reporter at the scene of the crime here in Denver, Colorado.  I'm
>having trouble remembering what day it is (they say it's Tuesday) so I
>I'd better file a short report before hitting this enormous bed.
>I got into Denver airport yesterday and had no trouble finding the shuttle
>the hotel.  I was totally unprepared for the fact that Denver is NOT in the
>mountains, however.... Denver is quite flat... and the mountains are over
>They are beautiful.... like a fantastic mural in the distance.... but we
>on solid ground and not even close to them, really.
>ANYWAY....I met up with Marilyn Harlow and Bill Maryott last night and we
>an outstanding dinner together here in the hotel.  Bill and Marilyn
>moved their extraordinary iris collection from and urban area (San Jose) to
>rural area (somewhere near Monterey or something).  Their business also
>changed from an almost exclusive walk-up, cash and carry trade to a
>mail order business.  I wonder how many folks have seen his catalog????
>really unlike any other - but still, it's going to be a tough transition to
>make and they're aware of that.
>Anyway.... the thing I thought was interesting is that Bill is now actively
>interested in club orders and any clubs that are looking to order in irises
>for their sale might consider getting in touch with him.  Our club has been
>ordering in irises for several years now... ever since we realized the
>outstrips what we can dig from members' gardens.  The money we spend is
>back that day, so we don't agonize over the expense.... but it IS hard to
>a supplier who will offer newer irises at an attractive enough price where
>club can make a profit.
>Anyway... I pass that along for what it's worth.
>Lots of folks are  here already.... of the 60 geek tags I made, there are
>6 still lying on the table.  Some of the folks (that I hadn't met before)
>I've met include Vicki Craig, Sara Marley, Dorothy Gordon, Joe and Donna
>Spears, and the ever-popular RUSTY.  I just had a nice long talk with
>he's very excited to be here and I enjoyed our chat.
>This morning I was able to get myself invited to the Denver Botanic gardens
>with Bill Smoot, Carol Warner, Shirley Pope and some friends of theirs.
>only room was in the trunk of Smoot's Bronco - but I'm not proud.  The
>are fabulous... the weather was sparkling and warm and we even got a
>tour from one of the Gardens' curators who showed us all the species irises
>that they have in their collection - and we all tried to behave as though
>knew exactly what they all are.  We had a grand time..... the gardens are
>packed with interesting plants and... since we're all gardeners first....
>lists grew.
>This afternoon was devoted to MEETINGS.  The biggest and the grand daddy of
>all the meetings is the Board meeting.  We met from 1 till 5 and actually
>quite a dent in the agenda.  Probably the biggest news is that Dr. Roy
>Epperson has had the revised judges handbook completed and PUBLISHED.
>are copies for sale here... $15 each - and I think folks will be impressed.
>One "why didn't anyone think of it before" change that he made was to put
>standards for garden judging and show judging each type of iris next to
>other to save flipping of pages.  There are now standards for historics and
>space age iris.... the new criteria for the Wister Medal is included and
>modifications have been made as to minimum requirements for an accredited
>But first and foremost... IT'S HERE - and I hope that those of you who are
>the judges training program take a moment to send Dr. Epperson a huge "atta
>boy", for an enormous job well done.
>Another very interesting 'tweak' that has been made is to the membership
>year.... as some of you may know, the membership year was changed to a
>calendar year a couple of years ago.. which did not sit well with everyone.
>The reason that some folks are unhappy is because most new members join
>iris season....and actually, their year is already 1/2 over when they join!
>Some clubs have been holding memberships until the following January, but
>the new member is not stimulated when they need it most.  A wonderful
>compromise has been reached whereby the membership year will remain the
>same... however, new members will receive two Bulletins free until their
>actual membership begins in January.  So, the entrance to the membership
>is seamless... the cost is affordable and everyone seems to be happy.
>Of course, lots of other things happened too, but those are two items that
>thought might be of general interest.
>>From the Board meeting, some of us went to the SJI Board meeting... then
>the RVP meeting and then to the Judges Training Chairmen's meeting.  My
>was a bag of pretzels and some lemonade.
>Tomorrow will be more meetings..... tons 'o meetings - Board from 8 till 5,
>then the welcome banquet and then we'll all hit the iris trail.
>Good night
>Kathyguest...... on the job in Denver

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