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Plant Addicts?Horticulture Helpers Anonymous


You might be interested in the following.

Summary: Ever feel like you're the only gardener who is totally obsessed by
the need to own every plant and/or seed known to man, whether it will grow
in your area or not? Read (and memorize) the HHA Creed so that you know that
you are not alone!

The Horticultural Helpers Anonymous (HHA) Creed.

  1. I want it.

  2. I want it all.

  3. I want it now.

  4. If it will not grow in my zone or is prohibitively
expensive, I want it most of all.

  5. I am perfectly willing to forego any necessities of life
such as food for my children in order to have it.

  6. I recognize my horticultural dependency.

  7. I recognize your horticultural dependency.

  8. I will willingly aid and abet your dependency, as you will

  9. This makes us infinitely happy.

 10. Any money not spent by virtue of comparison shopping equals
found money and therefore is not counted as spending.

 11. More is more!

 12. Regardless of my previous desire for, planning for, or need
of any plant, if all the others have it, I must have one, too.

 13. If I have planted all that I have already purchased, I must
immediately purchase additional plants.

 14. We believe in owning all plants, we believe in sowing all
seeds, and owning all catalogs and books related to feeding our
needs. If there be any plant that is virtuous, lovely, or of good
report or praiseworthy, we seek after these.

At this point, it is customary to recite one's VISA card number,
from memory only, please.
This creed began life around 1994 in the Gardening Roundtable of
GEnie.  It was refined and condensed by Denise Beck, a CompuServe
Garden Forum member.

 "A garden, where one may enter in and forget the whole world, cannot be
in a week, nor a month, nor a year; it must be planned for, waited for and
loved into being."    Chinese Proverb

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lynda Young" <lyoung@grindertaber.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 9:39 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] For those in my area

> Donna - my sympathies on the loss of an obviously cherished plant
> source.  Have I told you about the group I'm trying to organize - PARS -
> Plant Addicts Recovery and Support?  I hope that with hard work and the
> encouragement of fellow sufferers to someday be able to drive past a
> nursery without stopping, to browse a catalogue without feeling
> compelled to complete the order form, to pick up a plant magazine
> without turning to the back to see how many sources offer on-line
> ordering, to rid myself of that notebook and it's thirty pages of jotted
> names of must-have plants still to be located.  Honestly, my husband and
> I are GOOD people - it's just this shared compulsion that's turned our
> lives inside out.  ;)
> Lynda
> Zone 7 - West TN

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