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Re: Ball Gardens

Jim, I'm not in that sort of collector's category, but if I were
independently wealthy I think that would appeal to me, though not with those
genera.   It seems to me that the interest has definitely gone more in the
design direction with not much thought about the plants themselves.  There
is much greater interest in "how can I have this or that color for the whole
season" rather than delighting in those 9days the bloodroot is in bloom.
Don't get me wrong, I realize design means a lot to a lot of people, but to
me it is secondary to the plants themselves.  Design has become so important
though that not much thought seems to be given to the plants anymore;  many
people buy simply for color and don't even know what they are growing.
That's fine too for a lot of people, I don't object to it entirely, I just
think that its getting to be too much that way.  Also, so often people will
not nurture small plants.  They want big, they want now, they want in bloom.
They miss the joy of anticipation.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ball Gardens

> Kitty, when David and I visited Tropiflora, Dennis [Cathcart? the
> owner] decried the disappearance of plant collectors--people who, in
> his case, collect bromeliads by genus and species rather than for
> decorative or other reasons. This is certainly true in the orchid
> business. Orchids--mostly because of the breeders and their convoluted
> cross-breeding, tissue culture programs--have become disposable center
> pieces for festive dining on heat-and-eat entrees and sulfite laden
> wines.
> On Oct 24, 2005, at 3:38 PM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing
> Center wrote:
> > Some of you were recently discussing the Gardens at Ball.  There was an
> > interesting article in today's local paper about it - in the Business
> > Section.  Forgive me if I repeat something here; I only skimmed those
> > posts
> > as I wasn't planning to visit.  They interviewed Anna Ball, president
> > of
> > Ball Horticultural and Jeff Gibson, the marketing manager.  A major
> > point of
> > the article was their concern about ...
> > "the shift away from the process of gardening to the idea that plants
> > are
> > merely another product.  Little annuals were a pain to extract from
> > those
> > 36-cell flats, but you could nurture them and see them grow through the
> > summer and that was therapy for the gardener as well as the plant.
> > It's
> > moving from gardening to decorating.  I suppose some people think it's
> > a
> > good idea, but we don't."
> >
> > Also, "Another problem: We have a strong supposition that the number
> > of new
> > gardeners coming in  is at a much-reduced rate than anytime in
> > history.  My
> > mother (Vivian Ball) loved following fashion, and I remember one night
> > she
> > was flipping through Vogue, and she put it down and said "Anna,
> > fashion has
> > got nowhere to go'.   I'm wondering if gardening has nowhere to go."
> >
> >
> > Kitty
> >
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> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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  • References:
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      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>

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