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Re: esthetics (was Re: Double iris-a plea for circumspection)

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: esthetics (was Re: Double iris-a plea for circumspection)
  • From: Cliff Snyder <snyder@eden.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 20:14:12 -0600 (MDT)

Tom Tadfor Little wrote:
> Anner writes
> >Although discrimination has always been the hallmark of the connoisseur, so
> >called, and is often associated with conservative aesthetic tendencies, the
> >greatest potential for delight lies in having a personal sense of Beauty
> >which is generous, inclusive and ecumenical, rather than one which dismisses
> >categories a priori. This is why the unsophisticated so often seem to enjoy
> >things more than other people.
> >
> That's a great observation, very true. I've frequently found myself having
> the heretical thought that AIS garden judges should be looking at _only_
> the plant qualities of the iris: vigor, disease resistance, floriferousness
> and duration of bloom, etc. Color and form, after all, are apparent to any
> gardener at a glance, and will either appeal or not, person by person. Do I
> need a judge to tell me that a clean snow white iris with a pure red beard
> has acceptable color? And if the judge says it looks ugly and I say it
> looks pretty, whose opinion is going to determine whether I buy it or not?
> Any thoughts?
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Tom Tadfor Little                   telp@Rt66.com
> Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)
> Telperion Productions  http://www.rt66.com/~telp/
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I tend to concur. I get far greater pleasure seeing someone new to the
iris world delight in our wonderful flowers than a judge deciding that
the bloom is up to standard. Further, it matters very little to my
customers if an iris is judged outstanding if they do not like the

Cliff Snyder		Austin,Tx
Rainbow Iris Farm	Zone 8

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