IBSA Bulb & Corm Symposium

Myke Ashley-Cooper ashley.cooper@new.co.za
Fri, 14 Apr 2006 22:30:02 PDT
A thought on visits to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town:
Make sure when you visit that you go for a long 1 hour ride around the gardens in the electric open car; it's a marvellous treat with exceptionally knowledgeable and chatty drivers, We try to go on these tours regularly as it would be impossible for me to walk around the entire garden in a week let alone a day!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lee Poulsen 
  To: Pacific Bulb Society 
  Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:54 AM
  Subject: Re: [pbs] IBSA Bulb & Corm Symposium

  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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