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Re: More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness

Or as Dorothy Parker famously said when asked to use the word 
"horticulture" in a sentence
"You can take a whore to culture but you can't make her think."

In a message dated 04/28/2006 11:45:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
red4@omni-tech.net writes:
Well, you know the old expression how you can bring a horse (or horse's ass)
to water, but you can't make them drink?  This one might fit in this case.
"Rots of Ruck"

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 5:20 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More demons of ignorance, arrogance, and darkness

In a message dated 04/28/2006 5:29:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
godihabib@verizon.net writes:
What if you explain and show it ten times and it STILL is done the wrong
way, what do you do then?
Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon, VA

Maybe you guys can help me with a similar but unrelated problem.

The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State have a policy
restricting the use of plants on the NY State (not Garden Club)
Protected Plant List in competitive classes in a flower show.
The policy says "Commercially developed named hybrids or
cultivars (NOT NATURAL VARIETIES) of plants on the NY
list are permitted in competitive classes, but ONLY when the
I have been organizing state-sponsored Horticulture Schools
for nearly 18 years now.  In every single school - totalling nearly
30 - I have made a special emphasis of this policy.  I have
shown them acceptable named cultivars.  I have shown them
a slide program of protected plants.  I have brought in examples
of those not permitted.  Every time I have asked if anyone does
not understand.  They all assure me they understand completely.
Yet I include a question on every exam requiring an understanding
of this matter, and out of several hundred papers I have graded,
maybe 10 have answered the question correctly.  And this week
a student who is an Nationally Accredited judge, and who has
taken two of my previous Hort. schools, brought in a branch of
dogwood (Cornus florida) which is on the list, and which I had
used as an example several times, and expressed disbelief
when I told her it could not be used in a flower show.  "But it
grows in my yard" she said.  I feel totally depressed and
frustrated.  What am I missing?  What am I doing wrong or
not doing?

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