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Pacific Plant Promotions: Plants for the New Millennium

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At the June 1998 Annual Conference of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, I attended a panel discussion entitled “Commercialization of Native Plants: Debating the Issues,” in which Bart O’Brien, director of horticulture for the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, was a participant. Bart mentioned the International Succulent Introductions (ISI) program run by the Huntington Botanical Gardens, and suggested that such a program for non-succulent plants might be a good idea. A seed began to germinate in my mind. Botanical gardens are a repository of many unusual garden-worthy plants that have never made, or will never make, it into the horticultural trade for one reason or another. How can we get these plants “out there?” A many-hours-long drive on a post-conference tour was a good opportunity for Bart and I to plan how we might accomplish a non-succulent plant distribution program like that of ISI. Thus was born what we have named Pacific Plant Promotions.

  

The International Succulent Introductions is a non-profit mail-order program that aims to distribute rare or unusual succulents v...

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