quoted material in Bulbs for Garden Habitats

John Bryan johnbryan@worldnet.att.net
Mon, 28 Mar 2005 08:53:12 PST
Dear Judy:

By the sound of it, you proceeded in the correct manner, I would not
worry about it at all. I have yet to see the book, I hope I will receive
the copies promised, as you know a couple of my photographs were used.
Cheers, John E. Bryan

Judy Glattstein wrote:
> I am deeply distressed by Jane McGary's comments, that I used material
> she and other members of PBS posted on our forums without permission and
> in an inappropriate manner.
> Those of you I asked for this invaluable assistance know who you are,
> and the procedure I followed in using your information. For our other
> members, it went like this:
> As the book got under way, I discovered material appropriate to my
> manuscript on the PBS forum. The method I followed was to privately
> e-mail the individual who made the original posting, asking if it might
> be used. If permission had been refused, that would have been the end of
> it. Graciously, permission was always granted. I generally asked
> additional questions as follow-up, often with further questions to the
> additional reply. When the material was developed into text, it was
> always sent to each person for their approval, frequently making
> adjustments as requested. Finally, I specifically asked everybody for
> permission to use that final draft material in the book.
> Every individual whose experiences are included is mentioned by name,
> unless they asked that I not do so. Their information is frequently
> given as lengthy quotes. My intention was not, is not, never was to
> present the material as my own experience. I did rely on the expertise
> of members who live in regions outside my own, preferring actual
> gardening experience - my own included - to just book research.
> I am not an expert on hostas, and have no idea where that came from. The
> PBS web site address was changed after the manuscript was copy edited
> and proof pages reviewed, so impossible to change / update. I provided a
> bibliography, Timber Press scrapped it. Heck, I didn't even get to
> choose the book's title.
> I do not pretend to the depth of knowledge about bulbs that many of our
> members have to offer. What I do have is a fondness for bulbs, corms,
> tubers, and all the other plants with lumpy underground storage
> structures. I want to share that appreciation with the general gardening
> public, to urge them to explore regionally appropriate "bulbs" and to
> give up on the homogenization of our gardens, where, for example,
> refrigerated tulips are stuffed into California gardens.
> Garden journalist - yes, I write books and magazine articles. I also
> teach and lecture on various gardening topics at the New York Botanical
> Garden, for professional horticultural organizations and also to garden
> clubs. Someone has to welcome the beginning gardeners starting down the
> garden path. With this book I wanted to encourage them to explore beyond
> the plastic bags of bulbs in the big box stores and discover the
> diversity of bulbs that are available to embellish their gardens
> wherever they might be: in the Northeast, Deep South, Texas,
> Mediterranean climate, and so on.
> If Jane McGary did not want to be quoted, that would have been fine.
> When she said, in answer to my request, that she didn't have time to
> reply at length I assured her that I could work with just what she had
> posted in the PBS forum. Further, she had the opportunity to review what
> would be included in my text. Any material she provided is attributed to
> her. There is nothing I can do at this point other than to say again
> that I am distressed by her comments. I truly believe that the rest of
> you who did participate and are included in Bulbs for Garden Habitats
> will be as pleased with the book as am I.
> I do sincerely hope that Jane will have someone other than herself
> review my book for the Bulletin of the North American Rock Garden
> Society. Unless, that is, she thinks it of so little interest to the
> NARGS members that it will not be reviewed at all.
> Judy Glattstein
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