Re: Hybridizers Seedlings (long)
On Wed, 27 Nov 1996 CEMahan@aol.com wrote:
> One, they want to be sure the person who will be evaluating them knows what
> to look for. Two, because there is limited stock of a new seedling, they
> want to send them to someone who will give the seedling a vote for AIS awards
> if the seedling has merit.
I think the first part of these response makes good sense and I
guess that the latter part must...every vote counts.....obviously,
some more than others????
I am a complete novice when it comes to this area - I don't even
have a judge's handbook...and haven't even applied in my region to
take the training. However, if I may make an analogy (poorly
formed, perhaps) to another form of judging that I am familiar
with and that is judging of different breeds of dogs. A long
apprenticeship is required and many hours of training.
Does AIS expect *all* judges to be qualified to judge *all*
types of iris? I know there is a difference between garden judge
and show-bench judge but in the dog fancy world, one can qualify
to judge just terriers or working dogs, etc. Usually, one
moves up to be an all-breed judge and is qualified to judge all
From what I have garnered on this list, it doesn't work this way
in AIS. It is all types or nothing...am I wrong? I was dismayed
when I read posts on this list saying that AIS judges have voted
for irises based on catalog photos without seeing the iris
growing in gardens. This practice would leads to a photo-
graphic beauty contest....no wonder folks complain of poor garden
specimens in their own gardens.
Is there a test that all judges have to take to be certified?
I think that no judge should be allowed to rate an iris of a type
he/she doesn't grow....no exceptions allowed. I would take it
further to say there should be a minimum number grown.
> Moral: For those who would like to get lots of new irises free, it pays to be
> an AIS judge and to have one's garden on regional tours.
A friend up here in the tundra known as Zone 3, was given some of
Currier McEwen's Japanese irises to grow from seed to be sown in
the ground in the Fall and also the Spring for evaluation re
cold hardiness. This friend is not an AIS judge and is not on
any regional tour....there are none here since our bloom season
is so late.
Currier simply wanted to test his irises in a really cold zone -
he is in Zone 5 or 6, I think. BTW, his JI seeds all blossomed
beautifully whether they were planted in our chilly Fall or equally
If hybridizers really care about testing their seedlings or seeds,
we would have hardy irises across the board, IMHO.
Lancaaster, New Hampshire, USA
AIS, CIS, SSI, SJI, MIS, DIS, SIGNA