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Re: New member

Hi Caroline,

I live in Grass Valley, California.  This is the first time we have ever had an event like Pelargonium Madness with the growers coming down from Canada, and Robin Parer of Geraniaceae Nursery, Sylvia Musso of Upsprout and others.  A real opportunity to see things in person for us here in the states, and chat with the growers, not to mention meeting people with like interests.  Having it again will depend on the growers and their experience.  It is a very long way.

Happy growing and keep in touch.


Larry Cottingham <lcottingham@COX.NET> wrote:
Thanks Sandy! Where do you live? In the states or Europe? I would love to
make the trip to California this summer but with building the greenhouse and
the Master Gardener School starting I will not be able to get to far from
home this summer. But what an opportunity that would be! Do they have it
every year?
I'll look for the book on Geraniums by Faye Brawner. Thanks so much for
your help and hospitality.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sandy Connerley"
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2005 9:43 PM
Subject: Re: New member

> Hi Caroline,
> Welcome to the group and congratulation on greenhouse space! Geraniums
> are hardy members of the Geraniaceae family, for growing outdoors.
> Pelargoniums are the tender members and would not survive your winters.
> Pelargoniums have been commonly called geraniums and so the confusion.
> There are several good books available, one that covers most things very,
> very well is Geraniums, The Complete Encyclopedia, by Faye Brawner. It
> will answer lots of your questions and has many photos.
> Regarding sources, mail order is pretty much it unless you live near a
> club that shares cuttings. New Leaf Nurseries (California) has an
> availability list, Holt Geraniums has both an availability list and a
> grown to order type catalog. P&J Greenhouses grows to order. The last
> two are in Canada and shipping to the US is not a problem. Geranium Alley
> is in Washington state and also grows to order.
> If your were up to a trip to California in the fall, we are having an
> event called Pelargonium Madness with several of the biggest sellers and
> their plants. One who does not do mail order will be there with some old
> regal cultivars. It is an all day event with 5 short talks and a time to
> buy, sell or trade a few healthy and choice plants or cuttings. If you
> are interested, I can send you the information or it will be out in the
> Summer Geraniums Around The World journal.
> The International Geranium Society also has a seed center for members and
> you might be interested.
> So glad you love the plants and hope you can spread the word.
> Again, welcome.
> Sandy Connerley
> Larry Cottingham wrote:
> Hello, I am a new member and just learning how to use this listserve. So
> if
> I do something wrong please let me know and I will correct it.
> My name is Caroline Cottingham and I live in Edmond, Ok, USA and since we
> have ponds and koi thus my nickname, "koipondgal". I am also a certified
> Master Gardener and I am in the process of rebuilding my greenhouse. I
> asked my husband to re-roof my old one and could he possibly bump that
> wall
> out a little? Wow, did he bump it out; I will now have room for all the
> wonderful experimentations I have been wanting to do, not to mention the
> space needed to overwinter all the tropicals from the ponds. Our weather
> here in Oklahoma is pretty cold sometimes down in the negative teens.
> This is my background to give you a little insight to where I am right
> now.... in love with Pelargonium, geraniums etc. My only problem is
> getting
> my hands on cuttings, seeds, or even plants of some of the more unusual
> .....sometimes even the common pelargonium. I have been on a hunt for
> Regals in any form (seeds, cuttings, or plants). Does anyone in this
> message forum know of a place to order them? Help!
> Pelargonium are new to me and I have been reading all I can get my hands
> on. I have grown geraniums most of my life and have yet to know for sure
> if
> a geranium is a pelargonium and visa versa. As you can see, I need help in
> beginning my voyage into the Pelargonium world. Thanks for any information
> you can share with me!
> Caroline

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