Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 02 Mar 2020 11:01:07 PST
Thanks to Mike Mace for the news about Bill Welch's nursery.

Not only businesses but large collections need to be considered for 
estate planning (mine is in my will), or if one needs to relocate to 
assisted living at some point. I have plants in my garden that people 
rescued and distributed under such circumstances, and I expect many of 
you do also. Some of the rare plants cultivated by Rae Berry were 
rescued when her legacy, the Berry Botanic Garden, ceased to exist, and 
they circulate in my area thanks to a couple of brilliant propagators.

I think the situation is even more difficult for "rock garden" plants 
than for bulbs, the latter being more easily transferred. I think I've 
lost Verbascum 'Letitia', though I'm attempting to recover it from root 
cuttings, and I don't think it's available in the USA since Siskiyou 
Rare Plant Nursery and Rick Lupp's Mt. Tahoma Nursery ceased business 
(Rick maintains his wonderful collection).

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 3/1/2020 11:33 PM, michaelcmace@gmail.com wrote:
> I went to the memorial get-together at Bill the Bulb Baron's farm today. I
> was very happy to hear that the business will continue -- Bill left the farm
> to the couple who had been working with him.
> As I'm sure most of you know, there are far too many stories of bulb
> businesses that either disappeared completely or were subject to desperate
> last-minute rescue operations after the owner died. Bill planned ahead to
> prevent that from happening, and I really respect it.
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