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    I KNOW I put in a $26 bid...

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    hello everyone,

    I didn't get the N Veitchii, not sure who did. I was outbid on everything also this time.
    Then again, as the person with the watch, I didn't think it was too fair if I posted a last second bid.. as much as I wanted to..
    I'd really like to thank Tony for the GREAT plants he donated to the show and the society, and the help he gave us with the plants and the postings here.
    And of course, thanks to all that worked hard before and during the show to make it a success.
    We had just about 200 people pay to come thru the doors, with the $3 each donated to the New England Botanical Gardens. The Bonsai Society has had a show for 5 years, and has yet to break 100, so I am VERY pleased with the turnout.

    And you had to be there to see the smiles and fun all the visitors and society members were having.

    One last thing, a woman drove from NJ 5 1/2 hours with 4 kids to get to the show after her son had seen it advertised on line. I found out about this as they were coming in, and was giving them a tour of the "Savage Garden Bog" we have planted there. As soon as we got to the bog, the oldest son screamed " Oh My God, a Sarracenia leucophylla!!!"..then he proceeded to name every Sarr in Latin, along with a few of the sundews. That family stayed for about 2 hours, and the kids got LOTS of free plants from members and vendors.

    I wish I could have done something for the mother, SHE deserves a prize for what she did...but she saw the kids having a GREAT time

    Thanks again to everyone!

    John
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    That's great [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]. ...I hate where I am... Man, I would have gone down there with like 100 bucks, and won all of the best prizes for those prices [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] . I think the plants tony sells on his website are a lot more expensive [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] .Anybody got plants large enough to trade cuttings [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] . Oh, and how did this N. veitchii that was on sale look? I want to compare it to my new one [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img].

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    Hello everyone,

    Just to add what I scored:

    P. ehlersiae
    P. zecheri
    P. moctezumae
    N. campanulata
    N. veitchii "typical Lowland"
    N. ephippiata
    N. merrilliana
    N. rafflesiana { I know, another one!}
    and a big ole pot of D. rotundifolia to put in my outside Bog Garden, from a member { thanks Dave}

    oh, and I also picked up another N. rafflesiana and a N. amp for a friend who couldn't make the show, but is really trying to get to a meeting!

    I purchased a few plants from Tony before the show also...

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    I think the plants tony sells on his website are a lot more expensive [/QUOTE]

    Well since you brought this up. I feel I need to respond.

    It is one thing to compare prices and it's fine to do so. General statements like this however don't do much except hurt the individual. A lot more expensive than who? The prices you see listed by overseas mass producers? Certainly not the US nurseries. If you check all the big US nurseries/distributors you would find my prices are among the least expensive and highly competitive with all of them. I take great care to keep up to date on what my competitors are listing their plants at and make regular adjustments in prices based on their prices and sizes listed, compared to my own plants. Quite a good deal considering every plant offered is fully established and the majority of the time are bigger than listed on the website.

    Tony
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Hold up, hold up. I'm not comparing you to anyone else, as that would be pointless. I meant that i thought it was cool how you were selling larger plants at the meeting, for less than you usualy do on your website. No harm intended [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] . Amazing how I have a nack for offending people....

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    I just want to make sure everyone is clear on this -

    Actually, Tony VERY VERY VERY generously DONATED plants to the NECPS Show. It was decided that it would be better to have a silent auction for them rather than put them out for sale.

    Thanks again Tony.


    Nathaniel -

    Maybe you could start saving money now for gas or plane fare for next year's show......Just kidding.

    WildBill

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    hello everyone,

    I want to clarify something important.

    Some of the prices that were given on this board were prices paid at the SILENT AUCTION.
    There are times when prices paid at a silent auction may be more than those listed in a catalog, and times when you get a bargain and pay less. THAT is one of the reasons you join a society and come to meetings.
    Tony was not selling plants at the NECPS show. He graciuosly DONATED plants that we used for the silent auction, since many were VERY nice, large specialty plants that the general public might not know how to care for as beginner plants. We also felt this was a better way to raise funds for the society.

    We did have other vendors at the show selling plants, and the prices were fair, as Tony's plants are priced.

    Please also remember, that it is not just the price that determines the value of a plant, but the service, the plant condition, and the support the grower gives you. Often, I'll pay a little more for a plant that I know is coming from someone who grows them better than someone else, or from someone who supports the ICPS, NECPS or other societies. And lets not forget about those who sell plants "cheap" that turn out to be wild collected plants!

    Just my 5 cents...I could never stop at just 2 cents...

    thanks,

    John, with a BIG smile still, after the show!
    NECPS

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