[nafex ibiblio list] [Bulk] Nick Bottner's collection

sherwin sherwindu at att.net
Fri Jan 6 23:14:40 EST 2012

On 1/6/2012 7:16 PM, david.maxwell at dal.ca wrote:
> Nick has apparently decided to quit.  His property, with trees, beasts, and beautiful house is
> advertised for sale.  This raises a significant question, which harkens back to a posting I
> made a week or two ago:  what is going to happen to his collection, which is billed as "the
> largest private collection in the Milky way".  He has something in the order of 4000 cultivars.
> Compare this with the Geneva repository, who apparently have about 1500.  That is, there
> are about 2500 cultivars in Nick's orchard that do not even exist in the official government
> germplasm repository.  With luck somebody will buy Nick's place who will maintain the
> collection.  But there is a real risk that some rich developer or something could buy it and
> bulldoze the whole thing, with the loss of all this material.
     It would be interesting to see even a partial list of the more 
interesting varieties Nick has.

    Someone should approach whatever State he lives in for interest in 
making it a state park.  Also,
    a nearby university may want to take it over.

                                                   Sherwin Dubren

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