MBAs and Small Specialty Nurseries -addendum

Adam Fikso
Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:09:43 PDT
Bravo-- Bob!

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From: "Robert Pries" <>
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Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] MBAs and Small Specialty Nurseries -addendum

> While it is sad to see nurseries close or change, I believe what we really 
> morn us the loss of cultivars and species to the trade. People and 
> nurseries have a life span. They can act as guardians of our plant 
> diversity by disseminating it. But sadly this never lasts forever. The 
> hope is that the plant wealth has been distributed such that it can be 
> recovered by younger people and new nurseries.
> My belief is that this can only happen with education. For someone to want 
> to save something they must know about it. Plant Societies play an 
> important role here as well as botanical gardens. Sadly it never seems to 
> be adequate and much is continually being lost. I have spent the last 30 
> years trying to encourage this information for the Genus Iris. I realize 
> that in many ways I have failed and many species and cultivars of species 
> have disappeared from the trade. I have no idea if my efforts have had any 
> effect whatsoever. Yet I keep trying.
> PBS has performed a great service in this regard with its wiki. Inspired 
> by this I convinced the Iris Society to create a wiki also, called the 
> Iris Encyclopedia. It has taken a couple years just to find the computer 
> techs who could set it up, and in then in the last 7 months I have 
> enlisted 150 workers who added 20,000 pages and 19,000 images. On August 
> 5th the infant wiki appeared on the American Iris Society website. The new 
> baby is far from complete. There are possibly 80,000 pages needed and 
> perhaps a million images. I understand that there is a mindset against 
> hybrids, but this encyclopedia attempts to be a complete reference, 
> including all species and their variations along with the hybrids that 
> came from them. We hope to cover the genus Iris as thoroughly as possible. 
> There are many pages that are still crude and lacking pictures, but you 
> are invited to visit. It will only become a really comprehensive reference 
> if we can enlist the aid of hundreds of more individuals
> . Adding pictures is very easy. Come visit and let me know what you think.
> Bob Pries, wiki manager and Public Relations chair for AIS
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ellen Hornig" <>
> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
> Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:23:26 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: Re: [pbs] MBAs and Small Specialty Nurseries -addendum
> In my last message, I think I stated my income rather confusingly (so
> someone might have thought: wow!  She made that much!  In that case, I'm
> going to start a nursery now!)  What I meant was that after I quit 
> academics
> and devoted myself full-time to the nursery, I made under 10K in my first
> year, and the net crept upward over the next 12 years to around 72K last
> year.
> Like Robin, I happen to own and live on the land where the nurery is, 
> water
> is cheap here, and (don't know Robin's situation here) my husband's job
> gives us health insurance.  If I had to pay for the land and the 
> insurance,
> I'd be netting a whole lot less.
> Ellen
> Ellen Hornig
> Seneca Hill Perennials
> 3712 County Route 57
> Oswego NY 13126 USA
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ellen Hornig" <>
> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
> Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:13 AM
> Subject: Re: [pbs] MBAs and Small Specialty Nurseries
>> In the last couple of years, I've cleared around $70K - probably better
>> than I would have done if I'd stuck with teaching economics in a small
>> state college.  However, I built up to that with years where I made in 
>> the
>> low, then the middle, tens of thousands, so overall I'm quite sure my
>> career as a nuyrseryperson has been less remunerative than continuing my
>> career as a professor of economics would have been.
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