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Re: Fuchsia

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fuchsia
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 10:19:40 -0600
  • References: <6451156.1110966357678.JavaMail.root@sniper11.usinternet.com>

You make an excellent point that I wish I'd thought of for that request.
The only garden for which that would not hold water is our Trial garden, but
the request for these BHG annuals came from the Pastel Pathway.

For every plant in our 15 or so gardens we have a zinc plant marker that
gives botanical and common names, type (A, B, P, HB, TP, DT, C, etc) and a
source code.  The source code is a number you can look up in our supplier
list which shows where you can buy that plant.  I spent countless hours
about 4 years ago scouring catalogues, etc to find suppliers for all 1100
plants we had (that was after I identified and inventoried them).  Since
then, I assign codes as each new plant comes in - probably up to 1400 by
now, though some have left us.

The Trial garden though has a futuristic approach and no supplier codes.
It's billed as having plants new on the market or not yet on the market.
They always have the AAS winners and I sometimes have to search those out -
believe it or not, they are notalways carried locally.  They usually grow
everything from seed, but occasionally need me to find something.  For them,
I'd go the extra mile, but they rarely need my help acquiring plants.

You are right, the Pastel garden shouldn't be showing plants that are
impossible to obtain.  I'll remember that.  Thanks.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody " <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 3:40 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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.
> Melody
> 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>> >
> Kitty<br>><br>>
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