RIP IBS - comments

John Wickham
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:11:28 PDT
Horticultural and botanical organizations like IBS are facing demographic changes that are proving difficult to address. Diminishing membership is affecting lots of plant societies, garden clubs, and botanic gardens. IBS may have been uniquely situated what with the resource requirements of Herbertia, but the reasons cited for the organization's closure are too common in many similar groups. 

Are there any national gardening or botanical organizations that are looking at this issue? It might be time for some coordinated efforts to attract more interest.

--- On Sat, 4/27/13, Kelly Irvin <> wrote:

From: Kelly Irvin <>
Subject: Re: [pbs] RIP IBS - comments
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8:22 AM


is is all very weird to me, Jim. Dell and I just finished 
corresponding about the future of IBS this past week. I don't think 
either of us knew anything about this announcement. At least, I 
didn't. Did you get my response, Dell, with the picture of my son's 
treehouse attached? I hate to see the organization fade away, not for 
it's present world view, but for it's history. All the good things can 
be carried on, though, through PBS and other flower bulb promoting 
organizations. But, even more importantly, better things can still come.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

On 4/27/13 9:14 AM, James Waddick wrote:
> Dear PBS friends,
>     After posting the above without comment, I thought I'd share some thoughts about the end of IBS.

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