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Re: CULT: Dykes winners, performing poorly

The thing about the Dykes medal is that it needs votes from a relatively 
small number of judges. If a candidate performs spectacularly in the right 
areas (e.g. where there are enough judges) it can win the Dykes even if it 
doesn't grow everywhere. Edith Wolford performs well enough in enough areas 
to win the award. To suggest the award is the result of marketing is way off 
the mark. The 50 foot row in question was the year of introduction not the 
year it was up for the award. In addition Edith Wolford has proven a great 
parent. Witness this year's DM Stairway to Heaven (Edith Wolford X Breakers). 

As regards block voting, this charge has been made against eastern iris as 
well as western. If a native son candidate performs well in the area, there 
is no reason not to vote for it. We just have to realize that a DM doesn't 
mean an iris will grow were in every region or even in every garden in a 
Fred Kerr
California zone 9

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