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RE: Iles & Spaths

Hi there Ron,
Don't know if it might help but some years ago now, Barry Findon of Anmore Exotics set up Wyld Court Rainforest in Hampstead Norreys, near Newbury, in Berkshire, England. I haven't been for ages but I believe it still operates very successfully as a commercial/educational tourist attraction with large, well-landscaped glasshouses stuffed full of magnificent aroids (and other things, including breeding groups of rare marmosets). I have rather lost touch with him so all I have is the tel. no: 01635 200221, though I'm sure by now the place has a website, email etc.
I can imagine how awful it is to lose such a collection and hope you can manage to track some or all of the plants.
Deni Bown 
-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l@mobot.org [mailto:aroid-l@mobot.org]On Behalf Of Ron Iles
Sent: 14 March 2001 23:45
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Subject: Re: Iles & Spaths

(Petra is a beautiful name like Anastasia & similar emotive words!!).  
THANK YOU!  I am very humbled that my long searches for Spathiphyllum and Marantaceae into the 80's did some good and it is nice to be remembered for it.   The original collection of 10,000 plants in Meopham England was passed to ANMORE EXOTICS over a decade ago but far from keeping it safe they went defunct after paying me very very little for the results (.10,000 plants) of years of work.   It may be that the species were passed on to a third party and if so the Collection may be virtually intact.  I sent duplicate plants all over the world but now with email it is very fast to trace material.
I am privileged to have this mighty bungalow with a magnificent Classical Music Studio on the prime waterfront of Dunmannus Bay, West Cork Ireland with the main Durrus Beach in front, no other residence.   I develop the nuclear Collection on this site this Year and then we will see where and what misguided laser energies produce.   Please, what is Tom's email address?   I wonder if he can lead me to nuclei of species.   My address is Studio Na Farraige (Studio of the Sea), Murreagh, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland 003532761040.   What does Plant Delights grow?  What role do you have in the scheme of thingsYou have humbled me with your appreciation by writing.  Thank You!   Have a WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONDERFUL March and on.   If you know Spath Sources, can you spare the time, no hurry as 80 plants have arrived before time in the past two weeks, and I have yet to finalise culture set ups which have to be immaculate.   
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 2:44 PM
Subject: Iles & Spaths

Hello Ron...I worked with your lovely Spaths way back when in my early years at MOBOT...it's always so nice to connect a person to the plant...and I know I took photos, made herbarium vouchers, etc. of those Spaths and you can email Tom Croat (hi Tom) if you want more info on them...welcome back to aroids.
Petra Schmidt
Research/Special Projects
Plant Delights Nursery
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-772-4794 phone
919-662-0370 fax

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