Bulb Garden newsletter

Stephen Putman putman@pobox.upenn.edu
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:23:08 PST

I very much enjoy The Bulb Garden, and consider it to be one of the best 
of its sort of publication as well as not making the (in the long term, 
futile) attempt to be a thick publication of record (for which a notable 
and stable endowment is probably necessary), but still providing quite 
useful and authoritative articles.

Even so, I am not in a position to make and keep a promise of 
volunteering to edit it.  While I value TBG, its absence would not cause 
me to drop my PBS membership.  More data is needed here in advance of 
any major decisions.  For example, how would members respond to a choice 
of an electronic media version of TBG included in membership, and hard 
print copy available with membership at an additional charge.  Now, how 
much would it cost do these things, and what variations do others think 
of?  For me, the seed and bulb exchange are very important.  The on line 
website and wiki are very important.  The The on line discussion is 
important.  If we moved to a different host could we formulate a way to 
make a bit of money on commission from non-commercial plant material 
and/or literature sales, etc.?

Regards, and by the way, thanks for all your work on this for all these 

Stephen Putman

On 11/16/2014 3:25 PM, Jane McGary wrote:
> We are still seeking someone to edit The Bulb Garden, the PBS printed
> newsletter. If we can't find an editor, we will have to discontinue this
> service.
> Perhaps those of you who participate in this list don't care whether you
> get a printed newsletter, and those who do care may not use the internet
> much. Is this so?
> I do know that some of our members who are relatively new to bulb
> growing value the Bulb Garden for its accessible articles and photos,
> and it is a useful way of transmitting the activities of the PBS board
> to members who wouldn't think of looking such reports up otherwise.
> The board has discussed launching a separate, online-only journal, but
> if we can't maintain the print newsletter, that may be the only source
> for such information in the future.
> We will all welcome comments, especially from the paying members who
> receive the Bulb Garden now. Is it a "make or break" incentive to pay
> dues? Is the BX such an incentive? What other privileges would be?
> Jane McGary
> Membership Coordinator, PBS
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