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Diane Whitehead
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 16:08:42 PST
I have wondered about the non-involvement of different cultural groups  
in our ornamental plant clubs.  It is very strange to attend a plant  
convention in an area of Vancouver where 60% of the residents are  
Asian, and see only a couple of Asian attendees.

However, joining clubs might be a strange thing to do.  Why aren't we  
focussing on our families?  Why aren't we spending all our spare time  
actually gardening instead of sitting around talking about it?

I thought that maybe alpine plant growers might come from countries  
with mountains.  Do we have a disproportionate number of descendants  
of Swiss and Austrians in NARGS?  Do the bonsai clubs have Chinese and  
Japanese members?  In Japan, many girls take flower-arranging classes,  
but they buy the flowers on the way in to class.  I don't know about  
flower-arranging clubs here.

The people growing vegetables in our allotment gardens are often  
fairly-recent immigrants.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum has an  
outreach to various ethnic groups, asking them how they can help with  
their needs and interests.  It was a while back that I attended a  
lecture on what they are doing, so I've forgotten a fair bit.  I  
remember  they have special events for Chinese New Year, including  
plant sales of lucky gold-flowered plants.

Diane Whitehead


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