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Re: Fuchsia

Kitty: Maybe this is just my own point of view, but it seems to me that
stuff in MG demo. gardens really should be relatively easily attainable
by the public who comes to view it...if not locally available then at
least a couple of mail order or on line sources that are capable of
supplying it. What is the point of putting unattainable plants into a
display garden if your public can't then take those ideas home with them
and try it out? BTW, I've been meaning to ask you...how long did it take
for you demo. gardens there to evolve to where they are now? We have one
tiny little demo. garden at our county fairgrounds, maybe a plot that is
15' x 25' tops (and that is estimating generously) and I would so love
to be part of getting that expanded. Of course, you are talking about a
program that doesn't even do a plant sale, but I figure maybe I could
talk them into expanding the demo. garden easier than a plant sale.

Hills, IA

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Wed 03/09, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 22:38:45 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fuchsia

I see your point, but.....I have been hassling with this same group
over<br>their selections for these pots every year. I just really do not
want to<br>have to go through all that work and possibly actually get
the plants. Then<br>they'll expect it every year. I told them I wouldn't
substitute. Instead,<br>they are free to go find the plants they want
themselves.<br><br>I put in well over 30 hours on finding and organizing
and writing orders for<br>those plants. If I were working a real job, I
simply couldn't have done it.<br>Someday I hope to have a real job and I
don't want to set a precedent with<br>these particular people of
spending hours finding the verbena they saw in<br>BHG. Not that I don't
go the extra mile for them in other ways. I do, and<br>most have been
pretty happy with my efforts.<br><br>But with this group, every year
it's some paricular petunia. Maybe it's<br>just me; I'm not a big annual
fan. I have worked hard at getting one<br>particular difficult perennial
for another group. Three friggin' years it<br>took! But it is on its way
this spring, finally. But annuals? They're<br>pretty for a few months
and then they're trash. Maybe that's why I really<br>don't want to get
into doing that every single year.<br><br>Maybe I'll pass your
suggestion on to that group and let them run with
it.<br><br>Kitty<br>neIN, Z5<br>----- Original Message ----- <br>From:
"Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent:
Wednesday, March 09, 2005 7:50 PM<br>Subject: RE: [CHAT]
Fuchsia<br><br><br>> Not to rain your parade... which BTW, you are
probably correct<br>> about...BUT!:)<br>><br>> Growers have been known
to donate a half dozen plants for projects just<br>like<br>> you are
doing... a public garden run by non-profit groups that is very<br>>
visible. That small donation on their part could lead to a newer
variety<br>> being shown off for them... and of course future
sales.<br>><br>> I would have dropped them an email (preferably from MG
account, verifiable<br>> group address)

and asked....<br>><br>> Donna<br>><br>> ><br>> She wrote me back that
she had contacted an editor at<br>> > BH&G<br>> > who gave her a source
in PA. I t was the grower BH&G had interviewed. I<br>> > had<br>> > to
explain to her that this is a grower who sells to wholesalers
who<br>sell<br>> > to<br>> > distributors who contract with outlets.
They aren't going to sell us 6<br>of<br>> > each.<br>> ><br>> >
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