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Re: Plants for the midwest

From a business standpoint I can understand some of that, but not to the
exclusion of the very things that got them their name.

I think it is sad that many people have departed from the desire for
knowledge of things to being just more interested in the face of them.  I'm
not sure I'm really saying this correctly.  From my little position as a
Master Gardener in a good-sized Indiana county it's my impression that more
people, even those who have studied horticulture, are just looking for what
is pretty and not caring about the background, the taxonomy, the biology of
it.  That's ok to a point.  If it's your hobby, it should be enjoyable and
if you don't care about the nitty-gritty, you shouldn't have to.  But the
big guys, like arboretums, should care, should do the caring FOR us.
Unfortunately money talks and those who control the money sometimes care
more about the money than the subject.  And when they see that they can draw
in more people and money with just the surface of things, why waste effort
on the study of them if indeed those who are visiting the arboretum just
want a pretty place?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plants for the midwest

> > Did they reply?  did they give reason for these actions?
> It was a while back.  But no, there was no response.
> I suspect that it's because they were moving away from their more
> environmental mission to trying to draw in more visitors for revenue.
> In the past few years they've built a new visitor's center, children's
> playland, etc. and opened the place up for picnics, bicycling, etc.
> Nobody pays money to come visit a taxonomist.
> The fact is, I think they're riding on the reputation and research work
> that was done in the past fifty years.  All of their new plant
> are plants that were planted 20+ years ago from seeds.  Now they don't
> to be doing as much seed collecting and breeding and are just planting
> stock from other nurseries.
> They seem to be in tight with T&Z Nursery, which, coincidentally,
> is owned by the son of Anthony Tyznik who was the Morton's landscape
> architect for many many years.
> Chris
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