One year ago yesterday, Tony Paroubek submitted what turned out to be the final update to his Exotic Plants Plus inventory page, following the catastrophic loss of his entire Nepenthes (and other tropical plants) collection resulting from a heating failure at his NY greenhouse. (The company supplying his fuel simply stopped refilling his tanks because of some glitch in their system, and they failed to inform Tony of this disruption of service)
I want to express my gratitude for the service and unparalleled quality of plants Tony provided over the 2+ year span I did business with him. 90% of my collection came from Tony.
I can barely imagine the heartbreak and sense of loss someone would undoubtedly feel under such circumstances, and I suspect we aren't going to witness the resurrection of Tony's business, which is an immense loss to North American growers - EPP is a hard act to follow. Thank you Tony, for the superior plants you provided and your thoughtful contributions to the community - on multiple levels. You are missed.