Re: JI GIG
May I Have permission to put this article into the GPIS newsletter. This
is our club publication for the Greater Portland Iris Society.
Please say yes, as I am sure you well know how hard it is to get articles
from your local members expecially when they are as busy as Terry & Chad.
P.O. Box 250
Molalla, Oregon 97038-0250
> From: Irisborer@aol.com
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> Subject: JI GIG
> Date: Wednesday, October 15, 1997 3:33 AM
> Well, I've done my duty and sent an article to the JI Review for
> regarding the entire International JI Symposium we had last weekend at
> Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada). Now here's the
> of the story"
> It was a damn fine time! And pity the fool who couldn't make it!
> I met the irrepressible R. Dennis Hager and Ian Efford - both of them, I
> to say, about 100 years younger than I expected. Ellen Gallagher was
> as was Chris Hollinshead, Diana Louise and Ginny Prins. Carolyn Schaffner
> chief cook and bottle washer, plus timekeeper, registration poobah and
> around organizer, kept us moving and grooving. And those are just the
> The day was perfect from frontside to backside: After I welcomed folks
> Cathy Boyko welcomed them on behalf of Canada and the CIS, we launched
> our program... Terry Aitken compared goals in daylily and orchid
> to JI goals.... and showed us a TDF (to die for) slide of variegated
> with a red base.... and took our imaginations to the place where foliage
> tri-colored and the flowers are just a bonus. Tony Huber showed us the
> future (Tomorrowland? Fantasyland?) with his interspecies crosses and
> crosses with sensuous French names (Enfant Prodigie, Nouvelle Age, Belle
> Promesse), folks... this is NOT Kansas anymore.
> Lunch was gourmet in the RBG private dining room with slides of futures.
> Chad Harris took over after lunch. Chad is young and idealistic - a good
> thing for us. He begins evaluating his seedlings before they ever think
> flowering and starts the culling at the same time. In his quest for
> bloom, he is looking for early and repeat bloom, for sequential bloom and
> extraordinary branching. John Coble finished up with his program on
> recessive whites and hidden genes and talked about Bob "looking under
> for the hidden blue gene", which cracked us all up - but what he meant
> that by looking at the color layer on the BACKside of an ensata flower,
> can predict what color background might be involved.
> The day was full of that sort of thing. A GOOD group ... lots of fun and
> camaraderie. Dorothy Stahly read a disgusting poem that had us
> before we even started... then she tried to get everyone to take off
> shirts (and by the look of sheer horror on Hal Stahly's face, he wasn't
> all sure she wasn't going to do it!).
> Peter Weixlmann ran the auction as he always does... flawlessly and like
> stand-up routine. We had over 60 different plants donated - from the
> new to seedlings... plus Claire Honkanen donated a shell ornament
> edition), Jill Copeland donated a case of homemade jam, we auctioned some
> original artwork by John Coble and we all had a wonderful time!
> After the ball, we went back to the hotel... where Kathyguest called
> for dinner reservations. The difference between New York and Canada?
> when I called the restaurant manager and told him reservations for 35 in
> hour.... separate checks... he not only didn't come unglued, he THANKED
> for our business!
> Sunday morning we had an excellent judges training session by John
> and then we parted company... with Kathyguest, Peter, Ev and John White
> Carol Warner heading for a glorious day at Niagara Falls and the School
> For those who came... thank you for your faith in the concept and for
> good humor ... for those who didn't - I'm just sorry! <VBG>
> Kathy Guest
> E. Aurora, NY