IBSA Symposium

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:57:51 PDT
My non-gardening husband and I attended the last symposium, and he  
enjoyed himself so much he began asking when the next one would be  
soon after we got home.

There was a broad range of talks. It was surprising how much can be  
said about South African bulbs.  Without cheating by looking at the  
booklet, talks were:  Scientific (their relationship with  
pollinizers), ethnobotanic (endangered bulbs as medicine), historic,  
practical (how to grow them there, in several places in Europe, in  
California), where to find them, hybridizing several genera,  
developing them commercially, partnering with farmers to protect  
them.  The speakers were lively - I remember one woman who is  
hybridizing Eucomis, who arranged her hair like one.

The field trips were wonderful.  I suppose I should have felt a bit  
sorry for the local experts who were besieged by beginners like me,  
dragging them hither and yon to identify plants.

Diane Whitehead
Victoria B.C. Canada

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