IBSA Bulb & Corm Symposium

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Wed, 12 Apr 2006 15:54:40 PDT
On Apr 12, 2006, at 12:39 PM, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> Dear All,
> I don't think anyone has written on this list about the IBSA Bulb & 
> Corm
> Symposium scheduled for August 28 to September 1 2006 in South Africa.

And if you want more plant reasons to go, less than a week later in 
Pretoria is the 4th International Clivia Conference on the 6th & 7th 
September 2006 (not including all the tours and plant shows that will 
occur in coordination of this event). I believe there are a number of 
members of this list who are planning on attending that event, so there 
is obviously an overlap of interests. [See the website 
<http://cliviasociety.org/clivia2006/…> or for more 
information write to James Abel (a very nice man) at 

Plus, Mary Sue didn't make it quite clear but this is also around the 
peak blooming season for the wildflowers in the Western Cape.

Of all the non-Western-European, non-North-American countries I've 
visited (quite a few), South Africa has turned out to be the most 
wonderful of them all. My wife and I loved the entire time we were 
there. (Only three weeks--far far too short a trip). And there are many 
non-plant things of interest there as well. Like the animals just to 
mention one. We spent 3 nights in Kruger National Park and I can only 
say that if you think of the best zoo you've ever been to (like the San 
Diego Zoo and/or Wild Animal Park for me), it's at least 100 times 
better than that. Maybe 1000 times better. And of course you can't not 
go to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town. We live a 
stone's throw away from the Huntington Botanical Gardens, and it is 
world class and wonderful. But again, it paled in comparison to 
Kirstenbosch for Angela and me. Angela loves to look at plants and 
flowers, so she thought she would humor me by allowing an entire half 
day at Kirstenbosch in our schedule. She was so busy taking pictures 
(which she rarely does) that we ended up spending all our daylight 
hours there the day we went.

I would love to attend these two events later this year, and wish I 
could go again. So if you're even halfway thinking you might want to go 
some time, this is the sound of opportunity knocking at your door. (And 
besides, even if you don't know anyone else there, you know Mary Sue 
virtually. And she (and her husband) are just as great people to hang 
out with in reality as they are in the virtual world. Actually, 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

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