Hosta 'Cathy's Clown'
I'm sorry I couldn't make it to First Look again this year. I
understand that some terrific plants took the prizes. Congrats to Dave
Chopko and Glen Williams.
I understand that one our my plants, 'Cathy's Clown' was being sold at
First Look by Hilltop Gardens. The plant is small, with dark green
leaves with a white center. The white center has dark green speckles.
This plant has not been released by us and is not for sale. We talked
to Oscar at Hilltop this morning and he tells us that he bought the
plant at an auction, but unfortunately does not remember any details. He
has told us that he will certainly stop selling it now that he knows it
hasn't been released.
Unless someone can explain to me how they received the original plant
that is being distributed, I can only assume that it was stolen, either
from me or from the tc lab. I am very unhappy. First of all, as of
now, there is no 'Cathy's Clown'. The plants that come out of the tc
lab vary greatly, and we have not selected the plants that will be named
and sold. We put the name on the plant we sent to the lab, but we
assumed, and we were correct, that the markings on the tc'd plants would
vary widely. Only the plants that we select as being true to the
original should be labeled 'Cathy's Clown' Frankly, most of the plants
we have received from the lab have narrow and/or distorted marking and
are worthless. Secondly, we obviously don't think that anyone has a
right to sell our plants until we put them on the market. I have no
right to be upset at anyone who does so without knowing my objections,
so I am officially making my objections known now.
Obviously, I would like to know who has the plant besides Hilltop, but
as of yet, I haven't been able to find out. If the folks who bought it
at First Look did so with the intent of selling the plant, I would like
to discuss the situation with them before they do so. To put it
bluntly, I do not want this plant on the market until we have culled the
plants that are not good enough to sell. Most of the plants that we have
received from the lab do not match the markings on the origianl stock
plant. It's my plant, and only I have the right to say what is and what
is not going to be 'Cathy's Clown'. Only the plants that are true to
the original should be named 'Cathy's Clown' and as of now, neither I
nor anyone else who has the plant knows if what is being sold has any
resemblence to the original. . If you have the plant and want to sell
it, auction it, or give it away, give it a name of your own choosing and
pretend it's your plant. I do not want my name associated with it.
The plant is neither registered nor patented, so if anyone has the plant
and insists on calling it as 'Cathy's Clown', I guess there would be
nothing I could do other than rename my plant and express my displeasure.
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