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RE: A moral question

Though I never wanted to enter into this debate from it's onset I figure 
hey what the heck, why not.

....anyway.... here goes.....

Though extrememly new to the world of hybridizing, yet somewhat seasoned
in the world of hosta addiction, I never thought to myself at anypoint....
"Geee I sure hope that I get compensated for all of these great plants 
that I've 'created'!"

Hmmmm..... 'created'

I understand fully, however, that I only (as said hybridizer) played a
small and truly insignificant role in the 'creation' of these new and
wonderful hosta in my yard.   I'd like to say that on the best of my
abilities I've compensated everybody involved and likely those more
deserving than myself.

I've compensated the soil with compost and mulch for the abuse and
depletion that I've caused it by planting all these dang hosta.

I'd like to believe that I've compensated the Bee's for their 
efforts in selecting some outstanding combinations they've made
by providing them a pool to drink from and a variety of blooms to
feed from through out the season.

I'd like to believe that I've compensated the Utlility Co for their
supply of seedling sustaining light and energy by occasionally paying
my Bill on time.  I do believe candle light is considered inefficient
and uneffective in maintaing seedlings.

I'd like to believe that I've compensated my family and friends with
whom I'll likely be spending very little time as the spring season
approaches by giving them a great place to sit and watch me work and
obsess in the few hours a week I'm home during daylight hours.

I don't know where I'm going with this but it all seems silly and
rediculous.   When it is all over with and done I'd like to say I
lived my life like Herb and Dorothy Benedict.  That I've  shared
my plants... to be done with at will of those I've given them.
Had the Benedicts not done what they did, with the grace and style
that they did it....most of us wouldn't have a plant to hybridize with.

With the increasing number of hybridizers both 'professional' and
hobbiest... Seedlings will soon get like sports.... Everybody will
have one like that in their garden too.  Sooner or later.

I love to be able to say to another hosta enthusiest that I have this
one and nobody else does, or only a few do.  I want to contniue to
be able to say that again and again.  I will continue to trade and
purchase high end 'rare' hosta and I will continue to get burned
on occasion by TC.  But I buy whenever possible from the hybridizer
directly. I've made relationships that I treasure and will maintain
all levels of respect and trust with.

Nuff said

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@hort.net [mailto:owner-hosta-open@hort.net]On
Behalf Of NardaA@aol.com
Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 5:26 PM
To: hosta-open@hort.net
Subject: Re: A moral question

In a message dated 3/15/2004 6:07:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
njhosta@hotmail.com writes:
The situation is improving somewhat from a truly embarrassing past,
but there is still no legal protection. I think the more public business
gets the more honest it will get. If you went to Gardenwatch.com, you'll see
some real nasty businesses to deal with, but most were rated a positive
experience. Even all of Chick's seven customers went there to give

Bill, I agree with you one hundred percent that it is a shame that 
hybridizers can't get the benefits of all their hard work.  I really don't
know a 
solution to the problem, it is a very difficult one.  Most of the people
that I know 
who hybridize are wonderful people and some of them have such generous
that they will never make money doing what they love.

Now I will go to gardenwatch and see if I can cause some trouble for Chick!

Chick, what seed did the terps get?


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