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Re: Awards and Credits

> Thank you Ran , Joanne & Clyde
> I am now begining to grasp the whole "Award" concept, related to hostas!
> Another question , in reference to Clydes reply:  What makes one an
> "expert"?
> Barbara
I know you have had some opnions on the above, but let me try.  We do
have , associated with Hostas , some real experts.  Some like Kevin
Vaughn, Alex Summers, and Pete Ruh, and many others really have a good
and through understanding of the plant. Many others have a very good
working knowledge, from the perspective that they work from.  The
problem is we pick national award winners, from a certain gardens, and
situations, that reflect only how a plant (Hosta) does in a given area
or region.  Only a very few awards, like the Alex J Summers award, are
regularly selected for plants by real experts, who have a wide
background , and have knowledge of how the plant does over a broader
area.  The "garden awards" gives to Hostas, are especially open to
flawing.  Two or three years ago, Many of us saw a hosta selected in a
garden for an award vote, that was mis-labled.  Had this plant gained
enough votes, we might very well have awarded recogination to a name
that was for the wrong plant.  What is really needed, Is a system that
allows imput for award selection on the basis of how the plant does over
all areas in US and Canada.  If , like so many of the fragrents, or the
seboldianas, it does not do well in a an area where Hostas are commonly
grown, It SHOULD NOT win national recognition.  The AHS board is slowly
beginning to acknowledge, and understand this fact.  I see some changes
are being studied and hopefully this will result in more Hosta awards
that really have meaning.
Ran Lydell
Eagle Bay Hosta Gardens
10749  Bennett Rd.
Dunkirk,  NY 14048
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