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  Tom Croat Conferance at The Nancy Bot Gard,France
From: bs246466 at skynet.be on 2008.08.28 at 13:03:30(18436)
I was yesterday in France for a conferance from Mr Thomas Croat at the Nancy Botanical Garden.

I haven't got the chance to meet Mr Croat before and it was for me a great opportunity to do so with the help of Genevieve Ferry who,i know,had work a lot to made this conferance real.I had the chance to talk with Mr Croat a long time,altough it should probably be never enough in my vue...It is amazing how simple this man was able to stay!It was really an honor for me to meet him and i wanted to say of course a great thank, to him first off course, for his disponibility,his knowledge,his kindless,his humor....but also to all the people who made this meet possible!Aroid is a very little country,but what kind of good people are living there!I meet some very nice people yesterday!

Dany Hervelle,Belgium

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From: "Famille FERRY" <jpcferry2 at wanadoo.fr> on 2008.08.30 at 10:27:28(18450)
Bonjour ,

Oh yes, what feast. During more than an hour Dr . Tom Croat has read his text french with a great deal of application. Everybody was attentive and admiratif for the work done. It was a beautiful time of our meetings with Belgian and Dutch friends as well as aroidophiles from Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Tom!

Geneviève Ferry , Nancy FRANCE

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From: brian lee <lbmkjm at yahoo.com> on 2008.09.01 at 10:21:03(18452)
Dear Genevieve,

Aloha and bonjour.

I have not met Dr. Croat in person. However, I grow many plants associated with his collections and his publications are treasured references in my l ibrary.

I have also never visited the great botanic gardens in Europe, but from wha t I have learned;there are wonderful collections of Araceae. Congratulatio ns on assembling such fully documented collections...it is so important for the future.

Most of my experience with Araceae in habitat was in Brazil. At the time, good information was difficult to obtain. I worked with Brazilian botanist s to collect for various ex-situ collections in Brazil. Among these were t he Augusto Ruschi Museum in Santa Teresa, Rio Botanical Gardens, and Robert o Burle-Marx's collection which he donated to the Brazilian government. We collected from areas actively being destroyed. I have a good understanding of in-situ preservation, but also the necessity of well-documented ex-situ collections.

I am glad that you had a successful conference with Dr. Croat. Araceae des erve more attention on the global scene and Dr. Croat is certainly one of t he best ambassadors for the Family.

Aloha,

Leland Miyano

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From: "Famille FERRY" <jpcferry2 at wanadoo.fr> on 2008.09.04 at 09:58:42(18458)
Dear Leland ,

Thank you very much for your letter. The coming of Dr. Tom Croat the
botanical garden of Nancy is for me an incentive to publicize the family
Araceae to the public.
Best regards

Geneviève

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