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Mar 16, 2007, 11:49am Top

How do you all manage your gardening catalogs? I consider them a type of literature (well, loosely) and read and re-read them constantly. Elizabeth Lawrence tried to write about her market bulletins and found the task daunting. Gardening for Love: the Market Bulletins was edited and published after her death. Has anyone written about todays batch of catalogues? Hmm.....

Mar 17, 2007, 11:04pm Top

This is going to sound bad, but I throw away the "mass market" gardening (seed) catalogs that I get. I keep very few for reference. I have trouble managing the few catalogs I do keep and all the gardening magazines! I've been reading bits and pieces of Gardening for Love: The Market Bulletins. Another book about catalogs is Katharine S. White's Onward and Upward in the Garden.

I don't know of any books about today's catalogs. I don't think many of today's catalogs are as much literature as those in the past.

Does anyone collect old seed catalogs? I've seen a few on eBay...

Mar 18, 2007, 3:06pm Top

The Heronswood catalogs came close to being literature in their own right. But it's true, there aren't as many catalogs with personality, because the big mail order nurseries are owned by conglomerates. But if you look at the small mailorder places, that sense of personality still comes through. I always like to read Fedco and Seneca Hill Perennials.

As for how I manage them, I keep the most recent ones in a cloth briefcase type carrier until I'm done ordering. Then I file them alphabetically until next year's comes. I used to just save them and save them and save them. Not too much of a problem, until I got on everyone's mailing lists. Now I have to be ruthless. I always want to save the one's that are virtually reference works in their own right, like Forest Farm.

Oh, yes, I do save every catalog I order from for at least a year, in case there is any problem with having gotten the correct variety, etc. After that I at least save the page of every item I ordered.

Mar 19, 2007, 1:38am Top

I'm on everybody's mailing list whether I've ordered from them or not. I keep the catalogs I order from and recycle the rest. I keep the catalogs for the current growing year and then recycle them the following year when I order from the new catalogs.

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