From: "criswick" <criswick at spiceisle.com> on 2008.08.17 at 05:20:22(18399)|
Itwas so refreshing to read your words in defense of Graf and it’s good toknow that I have a kindred spirit out there.
I think too many of ushave over reacted to the fact that Graf’s Exotica and Tropica are full ofwhat we now know to be inaccuracies regarding nomenclature.
Theproblem is that Graf’s books were regarded as THE authority by manycollectors. But in those days, where else could you go for information ineasily accessible form? Now there have been huge advances in sorting thingsout, thanks to hard-working and dedicated people like Tom Croat.
Thisreaction against Graf reached its worst manifestation in the throwing or givingaway of his books ! These books always were and still are a usefullead in tracking down a plant. As a collection of photographs they are stillunrivalled, aren’t they?
Thebest thing you wrote Ed is that you want to grow some of these plants whatevertheir name !
Ihave a 19th century book on “stove” plants, with engravingsas illustrations. Because some of the names are no longer valid, should Ithrow away the book?