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Re: AIS Award system/Opinion of general public


In a message dated 96-11-29 23:38:42 EST, Donald Mosser wrote:

<< MHO, AIS awards can't be held responsible for getting good irises into the
 hands of the general public, but people can.  I take an active role in
 educating  other gardeners about the virtues of all types of irises as
 garden plants and I also share as many plants of my own irises as is
 possible so that other gardeners can experience an iris that they can't
 purchase at Wal-Mart or the local garden center.  In fact, I'm packing up
 iris rhizomes tonight for a plant exchange with someone that contacted me
 through e-mail as a result of an iris related message that I posted on an
 interactive web page called The Garden Exchange : >>

Three cheers for Donald Mosser! You might be surprised to hear it, but this
is exactly how AIS and the AIS awards system have a major impact on what
irises the general garden public grows, i.e. through the activities of its
wonderful members, like you Donald!  Iris shows, sales, and getting publicity
on these events in local newspapers and TV and radio are some of the ways,
too.  A number of us write articles for national magazines on various types
of irises...this is another way.  And garden writers for newspapers often
contact local iris "experts" for advice and recommendations.

For many years now Schreiners and Cooley's have been the largest WHOLESALE
suppiers of tall bearded irises to the general nursery trade, and other iris
specialists are in this business too.  What they supply very much determines
what people grow, and they depend quite a bit on the AIS awards system to
determine what they stock.  For example, once my own introduction SUKY won
the Award of Merit, Schreiners bought up as much stock of it as they could
obtain.  

One of things I do to promote irises is to buy memberships in AIS for garden
writers for our local newspapers.  I urge local iris societies to do this
also, for it gets information into the hands of people who have a great
impact on what people decide they want to grow.  Clarence Mahan in VA





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