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Re: Steinhardt Conservatory - BBG

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 6:37 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Steinhardt Conservatory - BBG

> So, Mariana,
> If they propagate everything they grow, but don't sell any of it, what
> do they do with it?

Plant it? Decorate the grounds with it?

 I would expect if they take cuttings from a shrub,
> they'd propagate at least one full tray. When a perennial needs
> dividing, they'd only have growing space for the ones they need. Are all
> the extras farmed out to other conservatories?

Extras are used as swaps with other non for profit botanical
organizations, and some get composted. Believe it or not, they make more
money when they sell plants from other sources.

NYC Brooklyn, Zone 6b
> > Thank you all who commented on my photos of the Steinhardt Conservatory at
> the BBG.
> I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed it.  And of course thank you for 
> the compliments.
> Donna, I am taking a class in Plant Propagation as part of my
> Certificate in Horticulture. The class is taught by the head propagator.
> His job is to propagate everything that grows in the garden with the
> exception of orchids. The BBG propagates everything in house including
> some of the orchids, be it through seed, root, divisions or cuttings.
> The plants that they sell on occasion either through special sales or in
> the gift shop are not sown or grown by BBG, they are actually donated or
> purchased plants for sales purposes only.

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