Iris Shows - Another Diversion Tactic!
Another Iris Show diversion tactic that I forgot to mention is to have a
section of nameless beauties. Since most beginners will have lots of these
un-named irises, it's an excellent place to get them started. Give ribbons for
this class, but not with the AIS logo on them - cut it off! Have your judges
to judge this class, and allow any iris that can be identified without any
question to go into the AIS competition classes. Frequently, this is where
you'll find many of your historics. People have been growing 'GrandMa's purple
or white iris for years and don't know what it is.
Since this class is not part of the AIS awards or competition, the judges
can be a little more "generous" in their handing out ribbons and beginners can
win a ribbon and "cut their teeth" to enter the "real" part of the show next
year. They also may be able to finally get a name for GrandMa's purple iris.
Potentially, this could also serve to unearth some of the rarer historics.
One garden clubber put a "nameless beauty" entry in our show a couple of
years ago that she has been growing for over forty-five years. Seems her
boyfriend, now husband of forty-four years, found this rhizome in Omaha,
Nebraska (??? Sass) on the ground on his way to her house for a date. He gave
it to her as a present and she has managed to keep it going for forty-four years
and they have moved all over the country. Just goes to prove you never know
what could show up in this type of class!
THEN you can open this section to public viewing while the other sections
of your show are being judged. People get to see irises and you have another
diversionary tactic for crowd control that also gives your new members a place
to "enter" their un-named irises.
Bill Smoot firstname.lastname@example.org