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Re: MG agenda

Our (the 4 returning members) thoughts exactly. We increased inventory each year which gave us a nice broad selection and, for the most part, broke records 4 yrs running, then stayed relatively steady for the next 2yrs. Cutting back by 1/2 means shrubs offered will only be one or two, if that. And perennial selection will be modest.

However, the MG nursery's "Special Selections" is just a part of our sale; the larger portion of the sale is plants dug from the display gardens, brought from MG's own gardens, or donated by nurseries. So, in appearance it may not seem like such a reduction. The rub is that our small section has, in the past several years, brought in about 70% of the sales for the Plant Sales. If you subtract our costs, it probably comes out closer to 40-50% of the profit. So there will be less money coming in.

customers may be disappointed
Yes, I think they may be. We'll have to see how it goes. If they want to DO more, I can bring in more. If they don't, well, they'll have to find another way to bring in money. We have had vendors display at our garden walks, but not sell. That might be a possibility. Thanks for the suggestion. I wonder who would coordinate it????

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 11:38 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] MG agenda

Herding cats, again, eh? Glad you cut it back, if only for your sanity. But what impact will that have on future sales? I'm thinking repeat customers may be disappointed by less variety and not return in '09. Which makes me wonder...

Can you invite outside vendors to join your sale? Selby Botanical Garden, University of South Florida Botanic Garden, Naples Botanical Garden, do this regularly--and extract a modest percentage of the outside vendors' take. They've all become BIG, well-attended events.

On Jan 27, 2008, at 10:52 AM, Kitty wrote:

I met yesterday with the newly ore-organized MG Nursery group yesterday. We have a total of 8 people down from 15 last year. 4 are existing members , 4 are new. 1 existing (multiple crises at home) and 1 new ((Florida snowbird) did not attend.

It seems the 3 new members didn't realize they were signing up to work in the nursery. The Hort educator insists on calling our group "Propagation", which amounts to maybe 2% of what we do. I tried to put the best spin possible on things indicating if they would commit to making the most of our downsized nursery, then we could do more propagation work.

Of the 8, one helps us only in April. One won't show up until most of the work is done, 2 live long distances from here. And no one wants to take on any heavy or time-consuming work. Still, I'm hopeful. My purpose for going along with the downsizing was that I might be able to manage it more or less by myself. We'll see.

neIN, Zone 5
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