Reorganizing the BX

Jane McGary
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:30:22 PDT
The Board of the Pacific Bulb Society is contemplating reorganizing the 
Bulb and Seed Exchange (BX) in order that it will function more 
efficiently. This is in response to complaints by members and the 
excessive demands placed on previous managers. We would like your input 
as we consider possible changes, particularly limiting the periods of 
donation and ordering, rather than continuing the current spontaneous 
flow of donations and order processing. We are also considering ways to 
ensure that orders are distributed more fairly among members, rather 
than by the present “first received, first served” procedure.

A prominent source of complaints has been in the handling of bulbs and 
seeds that will not remain viable in storage for more than a week or so 
– seeds that germinate immediately even if not sown and watered, or 
bulbs that have perennial live roots even though they are considered 
“geophytes.” Responses to this problem could include barring such 
material from the BX, setting up a separate “ephemeral” system with its 
own manager, or having members wishing to exchange such material 
communicate directly among themselves through the list and avoiding the 
BX and its payment system.

The seed exchanges operated by various plant societies include such 
features as giving priority to orders from donors and limiting the 
number of items that one person can receive. We should also consider 
whether these procedures are relevant to PBS.

We look forward to your input! Thanks in advance!

1.1. Do you participate in the BX frequently, occasionally, or never?

2.2. If you never participate, why not?

3.3. If you do participate, what problems, if any, have you had with the BX?

4.4. Do you obtain bulbs, seeds, or both from the BX?

5.5. Do you pay your BX shipping charges promptly upon receiving the 

6.6. If you donate to the BX, at what time(s) of year do you send items?

7.7. If the BX occurred at a few specific times of year, what times 
would best suit your needs?

8.8. Do you donate plant material to the BX that cannot be held in 
storage for more than a week or two? If so, what kind of material?

9.9. If you specialize in plants that cannot be held in storage, are you 
willing to exchange them directly with other members rather than going 
through the BX?

10.10. Do you think that donors should have priority in having their 
orders filled? If not, why not?

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