sourcing unusual galanthus

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:27:42 PST
Right now I'm searching everywhere for Canadian sources of galanthus other than g.elwesii and g.nivalis, wonderful as they are.  Importing seems impossible, the barriers are so high.  So if anyone has any advice or suggestions, I would appreciate them very much.

(This isn’t a direct answer to your question.)
Would-be galanthophiles here in the U.S. feel your pain. I looked at the information from Environment Canada for importing snowdrops and it seems similar to what is required in the U.S. 
It looks like you need a CITES import permit as well as an export permit from the country of origin. (Someone can correct me on this if I’m wrong.)

The cost of a CITES export permit from the UK is £74, plus an additional £2 per bulb. (Then there’s the cost of the snowdrops themselves.)
The cost of an import permit in the US is $100. And apparently, even when you pay for the permits, there is no guarantee that the permits will be granted. 

There are a couple of mail-order nurseries that do export snowdrops. One mentions the U.S. in particular, but says nothing about Canada. 

So, technically, the barriers aren’t really high, if you have enough money to spend on permits and snowdrops, and a willingness to fill out a form that makes filing tax returns look like nothing. 

Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado, USA
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