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Wal-mart, Hi Rich, Ohio trip to plan

  • Subject: Wal-mart, Hi Rich, Ohio trip to plan
  • From: Stacy Holtzman <sholtzma@bio.indiana.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001 17:51:26 -0500

This message is for three things, to save message number to you folks.

1)Hi Rich!  I am fine, thanks, building the ole hosta collection and really
wishing I could make it to more scientific meetings, conventions, and
gardens.  For example, I would definitely be at the convention this year but
my best friend from college is getting married in LA that weekend, and that
was a difficult choice, at best.  I hope to see you soon, anyway!

2)Walmart-  there are definitely pitfalls to both sides.  First of all, you
want the majority of money to go to specialty nurseries and hybridizers, but
they can't always fill all needs.  For example, our best option for covering
a bank with say, three hundred healthy hostas to border our collection beds
that contain all of our specialty plants, is to buy from some  place like
WalMart.  They come in containers, we have our pick of plants, and you can't
beat the price.  We also want Walmart to stay in business (this is really
just theoretically speaking), and doing business with them keeps them in
business.  But the second point is that we spend the vast majority of money
with specialists, with the emphasis on Indiana and tristate locales.  We
want to be able to drive to these places in the future years and have a lot
of fun spending the few afternoons we can take off to go walk around and
pick out lots of plants to buy.  I guess, for the people that would always
buy Walmart hostas and never spend any more money on them, well, they either
just want filler for the landscape or are just not of the hosta collecting
ilk that we are! 

3)Now for something completely different.  My boyfriend and I want to plan a
weekend driving trip through Ohio this summer to go to Van Wade's and would
like some input on other hosta gardens/specialty nurseries to go to.  Can
anyone recommend some excellent places in addition to Wade's in Ohio?


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