Booksellers, was Bulb and Seed Exchange

Greg Ruckert
Sun, 29 Mar 2020 18:39:07 PDT
When my brother died he had what was possibly the best library of 
Camellia books and Journals in private hands. Fortunately it still 
exists in his wife's hands.

I once tried to LOOK at a copy of a small monograph of American Oxalis 
held by our Adelaide Botanic Gardens. They would not even let me look at 
it, I now have a copy of my own!

I spoke to another book collector and asked what should happen to the 
Camellia library and was told, sell the individual issues on Ebay, that 
way someone who treasures the resource will look after it.

Wise words.

Greg Ruckert

On 30/03/2020 11:27 am, SARAH-LISTS wrote:
> Hi Jim
> I don’t have nearly as fine a collection as you do, but I do have my mothers (a collector of garden books also) and my own libraries, with some interesting titles among them  As I’m getting up there, I’d also thought of donating them to the horticultural library here. I do know however that many books would probably end up in the libraries book sale :(
> Have you come up with any other ideas as to what you might do with your collection?
> Thanks
> Sarah
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Mar 29, 2020, at 13:38, Jim McKenney via pbs <> wrote:
>>  The future of books and independent book sellers has been on my mind a lot lately., mostly because of a shocking event in the recent past. I've been lucky enough to have built a fine personal library of garden books. Highlights include several well known titles from the time of Elizabeth and Shakespeare, all seventeen volumes of the pre- WWI Present Day Gardening Series. a just-about-full complete run of the Carl Foerster- Camillo Schneider Gartenschoenheit, 1920-1944 (lacking  a few sheets from the last years published during WWII), most of the Lily Yearbooks of the Royal Horticultural Society, first edition Jekylls, and hundreds of other titles important in their day. I'll be eighty in a few years, and one recent event has me wondering about the fate of my library.  In the past I was dismayed when local "arboretums" were gifted notable collections of plants from local amateur collectors. The dismay came later when new curators decided to trash the collections. I'll never give my plants to such an organization. But these organizations keep libraries, and books don't harbor disease or require watering, heating or much of anything else but space. And so for years I've toyed with the idea of donating my library to such an organization. But no longer: one of our local arboretums recently deaccessioned their library on short notice; After the select few (not I) were given first choice, JohnQPublic was invited in to squabble among themselves for the remainders (at a very reasonable cost per book).This is the age we now live in: these organizations can make more money hosting weddings and holiday extravaganzas, so those are the sort of things which  get priority - while the books get kicked out. But my books will not be among them.
>> Jim McKenney
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