Every gardener a curator

Adam Fikso adam14113@ameritech.net
Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:17:41 PDT
Nicely stated, Jacob!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jacob Knecht" <jacobknecht@gmail.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 9:04 PM
Subject: [pbs] Every gardener a curator

> Dear Pacific Bulb Society members,
> My last post 
> (http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbslist/old.php/…)
> regarding why we should care about viruses inform. Who can promise the 
> next generations
> of horticulturists and botanists that the species we know and grow today
> will be around for them tomorrow?  What can be done?
> As with most strategies for the safe-keeping of valuable assets,
> diversification is probably the best answer.  Perhaps we gardeners can
> evolve to think of ourselves not just as artists but also as lay curators.
> Adopt a species or a genus!  Take good records, acquire multiple clones so
> that new generations can be produced by seed.  When sharing or trading
> plants with other enthusiasts, try to give away plants produced from seeds
> instead of those from pups, corms or bulblets (mere copies).  This will
> ensure a measure of genetic diversity and hope for resistance against new
> generations of pests and pathogens.
> Growing bulbs from seed may seem intimidating at first but it is so
> rewarding and not as hard as it may seem!
> Jacob U. Knecht
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