To Becky Fox Mathews, Mike Berringer, Bill Carter, Mitch Carney, Harold Koopowitz, Bob Spots, Mary Lou Gripshover, Janet Hickman and all hybridizers and those that want to be hybridizers:
I recently had a email conversation of sorts with Sara Van Beck on the state of the Hybridizer’s Round Robins, I hope she doesn’t get upset above me using her name. Many years ago I was a member of the New Hybridizers Round Robin and later the Hybridizer’s Robin, before it went to daffnet. It seems that after it went to the daffnet, it died from lack of participation. I enjoyed the Round Robins and loved to see what others were doing and was willing to add my efforts in the post. The original Robins was by what is called snail-mail today, but it brought a written version of the members efforts on paper in black and white. I also got to know a lot of people that I didn’t know existed. Sara stated that she can see why it died because doing your hybridizing efforts in front of the world was intimidating. I can see that.
She proposed that hybridizer robin should be by private email, and suggest working something like the historic committee works. Since I am not on the historic Committee, I have no idea as to what that’s about. She also suggested it has to be run by younger members, which I objected too originally, but am now in agreement as us old timers can’t keep up in the social media world that we live in. I don’t even try.
However, I think ADS needs to get back into the ADS sponsored hybridizer’s robins, or what ever we want to call them. Hybridizing in this country is severely lacking in my opinion. I’d like the board to consider this but we need to have participants. I will volunteer to be on that committee, however, I’m not volunteering to run it, I one of the old crowd.
As hybridizers we need to communicate with each other. This spring, Mike Berringer, and Bill Carter and others posted a lot of information on hybridizing on this media and the results of their crosses, including seed production. It was good to hear but we need to have a steady stream of it. We need more hybridizers to share information. Harold Koopowitz over the years has written some very interesting and informative articles on hybridizing, as well as given lectures and judges refreshers on hybridizing. There was also an excellent article by Graham Fleming in The Daffodil Journal. Hybridizers need to communicate that type information to each other.
Let me know if other hybridizers or want to be hybridizers agree with me.