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Re: Mail Order Nurseries / One Speaks

Gene et al: My one problem with mail order shopping, which I would love
to do in order to take advantage of some of the incredibly lovely things
out there not available from the bigger discount stores is timing...I'm
the kind of person who will find myself with a few spare hours, go
shopping for new plants, come home and plant everything in the same day,
because that is the time I have free. To have to plan for something that
will be arriving at a future date and will need to planted within a
certain amount of time after getting here seems beyond me...any tips to
help me with that one?

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 12/01, Gene Bush < genebush@otherside.com > wrote:
From: Gene Bush [mailto: genebush@otherside.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 07:15:44 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Mail Order Nurseries / One Speaks

Well, Gang<br> You knew I would eventually have to jump in here;-)<br>
One of the things that gets lost in a conversation among ourselves is
we<br>are "preaching to the converted". Most on this list are above
average on<br>plant knowledge. Not as with the general population of
gardeners or<br>yardeners. Not everyone shares your passion or depth of
knowledge.<br>When I grow on or order 72 plugs to grow on for 6 months
to a year for<br>resale, I need a market for same. If I do not sell them
I go out of<br>business. There is a balance in all this and it is a fine
line. If I get too<br>far ahead of the curve I "eat the plants". Too far
behind and "everyone"<br>already has one. Also I must build a customer
base that wants the rare,<br>unusual, or different from their neighbors.
... and will purchase a plant<br>that is going to cost them a bit extra.
Most gardeners want what they have<br>seen elsewhere. Nothing wrong with
that, unless you are among the "few".<br> I spend a tremendous amount of
time educating gardeners hoping that they<br>may one day become a
customer. Articles in magazines, on my web site,<br>newspapers, etc.
Slide presentations and lectures each month all over the<br>place. All
these email lists each day, 7 days a week. One on one with<br>customers
here. My catalog which I must write and publish each year. And
so<br>on.......<br> Will you notice and purchase from me??? Odds say you
will not. The<br>majority of gardeners will purchase what they know
where they live ( and<br>most likely from a very large discount store).
Nothing wrong there or "bad",<br>just reality. We live on a very thin
slice of the gardening pie here.<br> But, I will say that one day there
may only be the big discounters<br>remaining, or close to it. No one to
ask questions of, no one to pass out<br>printed information or maintain
a web site where you can check up on a<br>plant. Just here it is, and it
will be tiny and poorly cared for. Shoppers<br>will have gotten what
they purchased over the years.<br> Gene E. B

ush<br>Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,
6/5 Southern Indiana<br><br>----- Original Message -----<br>> Well, Jim,
as others have said; depends a lot on where you are and<br>> what plants
you're interested in. I've ordered plants via mail for<br>> 30 years
because I wanted something I couldn't otherwise get. Yes,<br>> if you
can find what you want locally in a nice large pot, you're<br>> ahead of
the game, but even around here, where more and more is<br>> becoming
available, the really choice and rare stuff is only going to<br>> be
found via mail.<br>><br>> IMO we need to support our mailorder
nurseries. Many of them are the<br>> last remnants of true nurseries
where they propagate and grow the<br>> plants they sell. Most garden
centers and large local nurseries<br>> around here buy in their plants;
don't grow a thing; never propagate<br>> at all. The people selling
don't know much about plants, even the<br>> ones they're selling. The
knowledge and years of hands on experience<br>> in growing and
propagating rare and difficult or unusual plants rest<br>> with our
*good* mailorder nurseries.<br>><br>> Marge Talt, zone 7
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