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Re: Re: New USDA Zone Map

At least you folks in California can use the Sunset Zones and that wonderful
Sunset Western Gardening book.
We'll be left with less than nothing.

"In his garden man may be his own artist without apology or explanation."
Louise Beebe Wilder

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Theresa- yahoo" <tchessie@yahoo.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 6:29 PM
Subject: RE: Re: [CHAT] New USDA Zone Map

> I'm not really sure that help those of us who are west of the Rocky
> mountains..  And besides, since when are maps supposed to be "user
> freindly"-  I thought they were just supposed to be correct!
> Theresa
> SAC, CA zone 8-9 (as you can tell, I don't really believe the 9- nor do my
> daffodils or tulips that rebloom every year)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of Daryl
> Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 5:34 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] New USDA Zone Map
> > It is a pity that the new map is based on less data and has removed
> > the a/b designations.  Wonder just what the rationale is behind this?
> >  Or is there any?
> Marge,
> To quote from the AHS website:
> "The "a" and "b" intra-zone divisions used on the 1990 map have been
> dropped, so each zone is broader and easier to follow as your eye moves
> westward and the mountains make climatic gradients more complex. West of
> Rocky Mountains, more discrete, rounded divisions have replaced the crazy
> tangle of zones that marked the 1990 map. "
> Now how that benefits any of the rest of us, I don't know.
> Personally, I think it's just somebody wanting to get his name in print
> again.
> Daryl

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