hi from Wall Street Journal garden writer

Michael Mace michaelcmace@gmail.com
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:02:05 PDT
>> Really? You want us to write your article for you? Do your  research for

Hmmm, I had a very different reaction.  I thought it was kind of neat that a
journalist, especially someone from a major publication, reached out to us
for information.  It's an opportunity for us to educate the public about
bulb growing, something that I'd think we would all be interested in doing
considering the amount of effort that we put into public forums like the

I used to be a journalist, and asking sources for information is what
they're supposed to do.  How else are they going to learn anything?

Anne-Marie, part of the challenge here is that you're talking to a group of
people who mostly concentrate on growing species bulbs.  Some of us do it
because we like plants that are out of the ordinary, some of us do it for
conservation purposes, and some of us because it's challenging.  If
something's a hybrid, and especially if it's available in a typical garden
center, many of us tend to view it as a bit unchallenging, or not special
enough.  If you were doing an article on the amazing range of species bulbs
that no one has ever heard of, and that are often nicer looking that the
stuff in the stores, I think people here would be all over you.  Or if you
wanted to talk about the conservations status of species bulbs, I think we
could talk with you a lot about that (although much of the discussion would
be depressing).  A third topic would be how to find bulbs that are suited to
your climate, something that is an almost unheard-of topic in the US.

 For your article, you might have better luck asking some of the major bulb
breeding groups.  Examples include the American Iris Society
(http://www.irises.org/) and the American Daffodil Society
(http://daffodilusa.org/).  I wonder if the Brooklyn Botanical Garden might
also be helpful; they have done a series of publications over the years with
general gardening advice, including information on hybrid bulbs.  You could
also ask some of the mail order nurseries that specialize in hybrid bulbs,
although they may just talk to you about whatever they have available this
year.  Folks already mentioned a couple of good ones.  Three others that I
respect are:

White Flower Farm (http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/) (crazy high prices, but
the quality is good)
Brent & Becky's Bulbs (https://store.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/)
McClure & Zimmerman (http://www.mzbulb.com/)

Good luck with the article.


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