club members was Big Government
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 21:38:53 PST
Diane, in California and most other states. many Caucasian women and girls
take flower-arranging classes and enter flower arrangements in shows.  They
almost all buy their flowers at the Flower Mart or a florist shop.  They
seem to feel mass-produced exotic flowers impress the judges more than
garden varieties they could grow themselves.  I'm afraid they are right.
But I'm prejudiced.  I'm a Horticulture Judge.
	Shirley Meneice

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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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