Re: Journal: Hosta info or social club
Ray R., Clyde C., and Dan N. wrote;
RE:>>Some comments about the AHS Journal and the mix of articles.
I took a minute this AM to peruse some older email messages. I came
across some posts that struck at the very heart of why the Editor-in-chief
position is one of great responsibility while simultaneously being "no
man's (or woman's) land".
There seem to be at least three major arguments being posited regarding
content of the Journal:
1) The AHS Journal should be a notch or two above local Hosta Societies
newsletters, in the depth of knowledge required to readily comprehend the
articles being offered. This would help fulfill the more advanced
needs of collectors, hybridizers, professionals, and serious gardeners,
perhaps with a certain percentage allocated to each of these major categories.
(Ray' (below) and Clyde's position?).
2) The AHS Journal should be a more general, gardener-oriented magazine
because it has to appeal to the broad interests of it's entire membership.
The Journal should facilitate the increased use of Hosta in the landscape
(Andrew's Position?) while being the official "newsletter" of the AHS.
However, a separate scientifically oriented "magazine" should be developed
for those with a more scientific orientation, perhaps with a separate subscription
rate but preferably having those articles posted to the web.
3) The AHS Journal should be more technical in nature, providing in-depth
scientific articles which are not readily available from other sources
(Dan's position?), with less emphasis on garden tour reviews.
Seems to me the current format of the Journal is doing a fairly good
job of keeping folks happy except that the garden reviews may be redundant
for those that DID attend the national convention. Yet how does one
distribute that information, and the info about the awards, presentations,
the auction, and misc. if not through the AHS Journal?
Did I hear some recommendations that this info be contained in the
Are there any suggestions that I missed? I am curious to learn
where this discussion took us...
http://dev.hostahaven.com/discus -- A discussion forum for the serious
In a message dated
01/06/2001 8:58:30 AM Central Standard Time, SMRDH@aol.com
only suggestion for those that work on the journal is to dedicate a
specific percentage to scientific,
pictures, gardens.... That way you get a
little of everything and not to much
on one thing and this will keep most
My personal preferences on Journal
content are somewhat in line with Dan's,
but I certainly cannot disagree with
the logic behind the AHS's current mix
to serve all members.
Those fortunate enough to live in an
area where they can belong to a local
society, may be looking to the AHS
Journal to be one knowledge level above
what they casually learn strolling
through lovely gardens, and should be able
to read in their local society newsletters.
Long term, I believe we need more local
societies and more people within
those societies willing to share their
knowledge. Then, maybe someday, the
AHS Journal could have a higher percent
content of information for the more
serious gardeners, collectors, hybridizers,
Bartonville, IL, CIHS, Zone 5