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RE: Well, today...

I hope your group does ask Gene to come speak, you will not be disappointed.
I had the pleasure of attending one of his slide presentations a few years

Interesting that they were passing out Midwest gardening magazine, but it
doesn't surprise me. Greg and Sue have always promoted their products this
way. This magazine was a long time in coming to print. It was originally
promoted over a year ago. I have known Greg and Sue for ages as they owned a
local nursery near me called Crystal Palace Perennials. It was one of my
favorite ones till they closed it as Greg was on the road with lectures,
they also publish watergardening magazine, a few books for ortho, and with
the new magazine they decided it was no longer profitable to continue the
retail business. They have turned the nursery into a mini-botanical garden.
Hum, what do they call it, prairie gardens or something like that. They are
using it as a test area for hardiness here. They also have a huge privately
owned book collection. There is entire building lined with his collection,
which he allowed us to use at any time! Many out of print as well as books
not found in the states. Greg has always propagated plants, mostly water
plants tho, but has a vast knowledge of horticulture. Besides his aquatic
specialty, he also is on many of the native eco-system projects. His nursery
always had different stuff and I truly miss that! Both of then have always
been involved in community services as well. They were always first to
donate product, time, ideas and what ever was needed. You will not find
nicer folks. I have spent numerous hours in his greenhouses picking out
plants for containers in January so we could have something lush and green
around our pond expo displays. I have also worked with them for the Navy
Pier Chicago garden shows.

Oops, got a little off track there, but I was not impressed with the first
issue of the magazine since I know they can produce a much better product
with their backgrounds. I guess I was expecting more than skimming the top
since every time I picked up a plant and inquired about it, I got the entire
history of it from Greg... but I guess you can't do that in a magazine or it
would be thousands of pages thick :) 

Do you get Chicagoland gardening Ceres? That is also a regional magazine
which I enjoy.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Cersgarden@aol.com
> Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2005 9:06 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Well, today...
> In a message dated 4/3/05 8:40:46 AM, genebush@otherside.com writes:
> <<  I gave a slide presentation and
> lecture at the garden center on Hellebores and Garden Companions. >>
> Gene, I attd a garden symposium Sat. which was cosponsored by a local
> nursery
> & a MG group of a neighboring county.  The speaker was Stephani Cohen,
> Director of the Landscape Arboretum at Temple University & teaches
> Herbaceous plants
> & perennial design at Temple.  She spoke on 'Cutting Edge Perennials No
> Bandages Required' & Designing the Perennial Border.
>     The Evaluation Form ask for suggestions of future speakers (this is an
> annual event) and I suggested Gene Bush.  Surely one of the local events
> will
> get you here!
>     We rcd a free copy of a new magazine 'Midwest Gardening' which is
> designated for the heartland  including Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky,
> Michigan,
> Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio & Wisconsin.  Their mission is 'to find the best
> way
> to grow the best plants in the best part of the country'.  I was surprised
> to
> see Kentucky included.  The mag is published bi-monthly by Midwest
> Gardening,
> Cedar Lake, Indiana.
> See  www.midwestgardeningmag.com
> I haven't had time to read or evaluate yet.
>     Ceres
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