RE: Judges' training, etc.
Maureen Mark wrote:
>Ian, we need to talk about your views on judges training. Judging iris
>is not unlike any other horticultural or arts judging. Judges are
>individuals and have biases. As you could not stay for the whole
>session, perhaps you did not come away with the message the rest of us
>did - garden judging is our raison-d'etre.
Not Ian here but I share some of his stated views. First off, I
am 'taking' Judges' Training to learn more about irises...same
reason I have the Judge's Handbook. I sat in on training at the
MASS Medley last June and got no credit since I hadn't applied to
my Region and filled out an application, etc. It seemed logical
to get credit this time...I probably will never vote a ballot
except the Siberian and maybe species since I don't grow enough
to make an informed decision on any other class. Altho' my medians
are fast outspacing my beardless....(shhh).
I also noted that some healthy Japanese irises could have
different-colored blooms than the registration papers.
It seems to this grower of only 20 JIs (so far) that the problem
is with the way it was registered. Yes or no? And why would someone
select an odd-colored flower to bring to the show in the first
place? Irregardless, the best flower should get the blue ribbon.
That is what is almost refreshing in newbies, they are not tied into
the rules, etc. and see an AIS show as being an event where the
best entrant does well and even wins. Of course, I just turned
away at the TBs at the show I attended in June - too much, too
garish. OK, that is my opinion, guys. :-)) I still would like to
see the AIS Judging 'system' done differently....only folks that
grow a fair number of Siberians could judge them, etc. This means
more than 40 or so....just thinking out loud.
I gained courage this AM after I wrote a message critical of the
AKC on one of my dog lists...amazing how that happens. :))
Cheers on a very cold morning in the White Mountains but loving it,
Ellen Gallagher / firstname.lastname@example.org
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