club members was Big Government

Adam Fikso
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 19:00:45 PST
Diane .  I like your questions and musings. Thanks 

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From: "Diane Whitehead" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 6:08 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] club members was Big Government

>I have wondered about the non-involvement of different cultural groups  
> in our ornamental plant clubs.  It is very strange to attend a plant  
> convention in an area of Vancouver where 60% of the residents are  
> Asian, and see only a couple of Asian attendees.
> However, joining clubs might be a strange thing to do.  Why aren't we  
> focussing on our families?  Why aren't we spending all our spare time  
> actually gardening instead of sitting around talking about it?
> I thought that maybe alpine plant growers might come from countries  
> with mountains.  Do we have a disproportionate number of descendants  
> of Swiss and Austrians in NARGS?  Do the bonsai clubs have Chinese and  
> Japanese members?  In Japan, many girls take flower-arranging classes,  
> but they buy the flowers on the way in to class.  I don't know about  
> flower-arranging clubs here.
> The people growing vegetables in our allotment gardens are often  
> fairly-recent immigrants.
> The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum has an  
> outreach to various ethnic groups, asking them how they can help with  
> their needs and interests.  It was a while back that I attended a  
> lecture on what they are doing, so I've forgotten a fair bit.  I  
> remember  they have special events for Chinese New Year, including  
> plant sales of lucky gold-flowered plants.
> Diane Whitehead
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