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Chemicals in the Iris Garden

From: "Lewis,Shirlee E" <Shirlee.E.Lewis@kp.ORG>

I have found this topic immensly educational.  One recent happening in the
local area was started by the owner of a commercial nursery.  With last
winter's El Nino the rose bushes in southern California were really
suffering from black leaf spot, rust and mildew.  There are a myriad of
chemicals that you can purchase and apply to try and control.  The owner of
this nursery could have easily used his weekly advertisement in the local
paper to push any and all of them.  However, he just advised that probably
the easiest and least damaging to the environment, yourself and your pocket
book was to prune the bushes back just as we do in January.  The advice
[especially that he paid to deliver it to everyone -- even noncustomers]
caught the eye of the newspaper staff.  The ensuing article was very
enlightening.  He basically said that in todays market place he can't
compete with the BIG guys [i.e. WalMart, Target, Home Depot] so he prefers
to make sure that all gardeners are educated and in doing so hope that we
will patronize his nursery knowing that he delivers more than cheap prices.
Shirlee Lewis
Sunset Zone 23
Southern California Iris Society
Secretrary / Newsletter Editor
FAX  562-461-4217
VOICE 562-461-4912

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