Something new: List of seed and bulb vendors on the wiki

Michael Mace
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 08:57:34 PDT

I wanted to let you know that we've created a "seed and bulb sources" page
for the PBS wiki.  You can see it here:…

We're very interested in feedback, and suggestions for additional companies
to list.  But please read through the background information below first.

This is not an attempt to make a comprehensive list of all bulb and seed
sources.  Other people have done a great job of that, most notably Jim
Shields with his massive list here:

What we wanted to do was create some extra visibility for our *favorite*
specialty vendors of species bulbs -- the people who keep rare things in
circulation, and who don't have the resources to market themselves heavily.
So we've excluded  companies that broker standard bulbs grown by the big
firms.  Because we're trying to be responsible, we also excluded companies
that are known to collect wild bulbs for resale (other than rescues), and we
excluded a couple of vendors that are having business problems and have
generated a lot of customer complaints lately.

The sources we listed were all recommended by PBS members in previous
discussions on the list, or in private communications among us.  So this is
truly your list.

We'd love to get your help with the list.  Here's how you can participate:

--Nominate additional favorite vendors.  Right now the list is weighted
toward US sources; we'd like to fix that.  In particular, we know there are
some other good seed collectors based in Europe, but we haven't been able to
find contact information for them.  If you have a favorite species bulb
source that you've bought from personally and want to recommend for others,
please let us know.

--Help us update the contact info.  For example, do we have the correct
current mailing and e-mail address for Northwest Native Seed?

So we don't flood the e-mail list with messages, please do not post your
nominations and updates to this e-mail list.  Instead, please send them to
me privately at my personal e-mail address: mikemace (at) att (dot) net  

Thanks in advance for your help.


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