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Re: garden dispute

At 09:22 PM 1/9/2005, Sally McCabe wrote:
 Apparently this was a rare
French pear tree - Passe Corassane.
Hey, you know what the tree is -- either go through the next Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook, the BackYard Fruit Growers or the North American Fruit Explorers and get him another start. Shouldn't be expensive to get a baby tree or scionwood.

If the wood is still available, he or someone else ought to be able to graft pieces -- it probably wasn't on its own rootstock anyway.

 It was 10 years old, and he is requesting
to be compensated $500.
$500?  Please.  I know heirlooms and that sounds WAY over the top.

Is the garden responsible for replacing the tree, or for making compensation
for something planted in an individual plot?
As a good-will gesture, I would think that a community garden ought to be able to find the genetic material that was destroyed (ie, seeds, scion wood, whatever). There are enough groups out there that are happy to help and there are ways to take divisions, cuttings, whatever so that even if the exact plant is gone, one can easily get a clone.

However, if the fencing company didn't mention that the tree was in the way and then proceeded to take it out when they installed the fence, I'd go after them for the $500 -- that's just sloppy workmanship which should not be allowed to go by unmentioned.


Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden and Labyrinth

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