New GG Information for 2020 Apr 22, 2020 10:16:47 GMT -5
Post by nancymcd on Apr 22, 2020 10:16:47 GMT -5
Happy Spring! Some of you have irises in bloom, while others of us are still looking at snow - but that's spring, isn't it?
I'm writing to suggest that you take a look at the new GG documents we've been posting on the HIPS website (from the homepage, click on the Guardian Gardens tab). There you'll see the first several sections of the new Guardian Gardens Handbook, which should help both experienced and new GGers understand what we do and how we do it. Eventually there will be a section of the handbook for every GG topic we can think of. If you have more ideas of things you'd like explained, please let me know. Several other handbook sections are in the works already and will be added as soon as possible.
A new record-keeping Excel spreadsheet template is also ready for you to download if you wish. The spreadsheet already has columns for the most critical information, and you can add other columns if you want to. Even if you've never used a spreadsheet, you'll find it easy to learn. You can find answers to many questions simply by typing into your browser's search bar, "How do I [do whatever it is] in Excel?"
The GG FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document has been revised, and we've added a link to an interesting series of articles from ROOTS about previous rescues, swaps, and facilitated sales. The current list of GG irises is also posted; that will and does change as more GGers report their holdings.
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET REPORTED YOUR GG IRISES FOR 2019 TO JESSICA at firstname.lastname@example.org, PLEASE DO SO NOW.
IF YOU HAVE NOT REPORTED ALL YOUR HISTORIC IRISES FOR 2019 TO LORI AT THE HIPS DATABANK at email@example.com, PLEASE DO SO NOW. Remember that both of those reports are MANDATORY for GGers every year. We do understand that this is a difficult year, but even if you can't send a list, at least please touch base in both cases, so we know you're still interested.
Please, everyone, stay safe and healthy in these difficult times, and enjoy your extra time in the garden.
All the best,