Wow....thats a pretty big statement....the first line that is....I would donate them to the Weyerhaeuser exhibit where I know the trees get better care than the National Arbo.
That is to say that I would have trees worthy of that type of display...that alone would be a HUGE compliment!
I recently spent the day with David DeGroot and that is not the plan. Davids boss is actually commited to reopening the collection and there is still staff in place that works on the exihibit daily. I don't think it is going anywhere.....I thought I've heard that the Weyerhouse collection is going to be sold and terminated.
Jason...I am really disappointed that you would make a statement like that on a public forum....where I know the trees get better care than the National Arbo.
Hey John,Jason...I am really disappointed that you would make a statement like that on a public forum.
I might ask what you have done to help improve conditions at the National Arboretum? Wasn't it just a year or so ago that funding was pulled or significantly slashed??? As I am sure you are aware, the National Collection is not a private enterprise and as such relies on our support.
The collection is one of the few public faces of our beloved hobby/art/craft. One in which I know you are invested deeply with your time, efforts and most likely money. Perhaps if more people like you were more interested in supporting the cause as opposed to publicly talking down about it the collection could be something we could all be proud of...
just a little food for thought.
That was my experience this year as well versus last year.the last time that i was there (national arboretum), October, the bonsais appeared much better taken care of than previous visits. met the curator, and he seems committed to preserving them. there was some construction going on to improve the watering system, all in all clean and beautifully displayed
It should be noted that there was no curator to speak of for part of last year. A changing of the guard so to speak. So with out direction at the helm things were bound to get a bit untamed in the transition.That was my experience this year as well versus last year.
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