Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 3
June 2007
 
Customer Letters
 

Dear Lee Valley,

I have great respect for your company, so I was dismayed to read an article about filling fireplaces with ferns, moss, etc. in the previous issue. (See Gardening Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 2, Interesting Reads section, "The Fire-Place in Summer", excerpt from American Agriculturalist, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 5, May 1879.)

I was mainly concerned about the suggestion that one should dig up these wild plants from where they naturally grow. I realize that the information was from text published before 1900, a time when this practice was not frowned upon as it is today. However, I would have expected a disclaimer to follow it. As a docent at the Mt. Cuba Center (a garden devoted to the appreciation and preservation of native plants of the Piedmont) near Wilmington, Delaware, I am sensitive to the need to protect the fragile balance of these plants and their environment.

Please do what you can in the future to discourage gardeners from collecting native wild flowers. Most are available as cultivated varieties from various sources.

Sincerely,
B.B.
Wilmington, Delaware


Editor's Note:
In response to the above comments, we have added an annotation to the article reprint. We will continue to add it to all article reprints published in any of our newsletters.

 
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