Gardening meets Econ 101

Boyce Tankersley
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 08:57:04 PDT
Leo's question got me to thinking:

More money is spent on tulips world wide than any other class of bulbs.
 Tulips are iconic - even kids in climates that are not conducive to
growing them know what they are (personal experience).   Cost less per size
of inflorescence produced than any other genera currently available for
fall planting. Timing is right for homeowners and property owners to be
purchasing tulip bulbs for next years display.  Persistence in northern
landscapes - several of the species and many of the group known as Darwin
Hybrids have lasted 14 years in my home landscape with minimal care.

Want to expand the number of people fascinated with bulbs? (give the kids
in elementary school a tulip bulb to take home and plant as part of their
biology class then assign them to research the history and geography of

In my opinion we need to be focusing on recruiting the next generation, not
bemoaning the lack of interest of the WSJ in some of our really cool,
specialized collections that we have developed over our lifetimes - that is
another article - for a different publication - oriented to a different

Boyce Tankersley
Chicago Botanic Garden

On Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 3:18 PM, Leo A. Martin <> wrote:

> > ... why would an author from the Wall Street
> > Journal be interested in bulbs, especially Tulips?

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