Dutch Growers.

John Bryan johnbryan@worldnet.att.net
Wed, 07 Mar 2007 11:46:15 PST
With interest I read various postings seemingly chastising All Dutch
bulb growers for not breeding hardiness into Gladiolus. Just who heard
this statement and from which bulb grower was not mentioned, at least to
my knowledge.

Over the years, thanks to the experiments and research made at such
places as Wageningen, our knowledge and understanding has benefited. Has
such been forgotten as adverse comments are posted?

To tar the Netherlands Bulb Industry based on a remark apparently heard,
with the same brush, I think is unjustified. Those in business must
protect their business, or else they would soon be out of business.
Firms such as Dix, Hoog, to mention just two, make available to lovers
of bulbs, species, varieties and selections which contribute to many

I do not imply all Dutch Growers are saints, and certainly it is easy to
find fault, but are American Growers without fault? I think not. I feel
castigating the Dutch Bulb industry, as has apparently is/has taken
place, ignores the many contributions made, and knowledge distributed.
Thanks to them, thousands of gardeners grow bulbs, and if they do, many
will seek out species other than the "ordinary". 

Above all lets be fair and give credit where due. Cheers, John E. Bryan

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