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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: From: Kelly Irvin <email@example.com> Subject: Re: [pbs] RIP IBS - comments To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8:22 AM .0 Th 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 USA 479-787-9958 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.