RIP IBS - comments

Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:14:37 PDT
The strength of the IBS was mainly its publication of scientific articles.
Most of these were not overly technical and anyone could appreciate the
appearance of a new species or papers on bulbs in various countries. In
this way IBS and PBS complemented each other very well. Other societies
blend hobbyist and scientific interests in a unifying journal publication,
but that is not the purview of the PBS. Those articles of record will now
be scattered throughout a botanical literature that is as difficult for the
average grower to obtain as it ever was. Unless you work in academia, the
promise of easy online access has not been realized-- JSTOR is not set up
for individual users and even decades old journal articles are effectively
locked up.

For PBS members who have not done so, I encourage you to browse the IBS
website "Gallery of Bulbs". Click on the button that says "To view old
gallery please click here". Most of the good stuff is there, such as photos
of rare Hippeastrum species and other amaryllids, often taken in the wild,
and from a wide range of well known figures in the bulb world. With the
future of the IBS site unknown it would be worth investigating the
possibility of rescuing selected images that fill gaps and enhance the PBS

We are very fortunate that the Pacific Bulb Society is so developed and
thriving at this time. Interest in bulbs seems to be burgeoning, and it is
positioned well to suit 21st century needs of collectors and growers. I
join others in thanking Mary Sue and the PBS team for all of their
invaluable work.




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