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P. Kohn

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« on: June 28, 2018, 07:45:56 AM »
Does anyone know what is happening to the Silverhills Seeds business ?  The website is unchanged and gives no indication of whether the employees have found any way of continuing after the awful tragedy of Rod and Rachel's murder. Presumably there is an enormous seed collection which could still be distributed even if no more collection was undertaken ?

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Re: silverhills seeds
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2018, 08:51:56 AM »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44488332

i don't think the seeds stock will be distributed, a really sad story.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2018, 11:48:18 PM »
RE: Silverhill Seeds Future... I  emailed them in May,  to express my condolences at the tragic loss of Rodney and Rachel, and also to comment that many plantspeople around the world were worried about what was to become of the business. Ondine sent me a reply, thanking me for the thoughts and message. Here is a quote from her:

 "The business is carrying on, it might end up being slightly smaller, but we are carrying on.  The final outcome will only be known once the investigation is finalised, meanwhile we are trading.

I have worked for Rachel for 20 years and am a horticulturist, I will not be able to collect seeds myself as I will need to keep the office going (only ever Rachel and I in the office), but I have help and seed collectors out there who are willing to collect for us."

So, Silverhill continues to function, please do not refrain from sending them your business.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2018, 12:27:32 AM »
That is good news Gordon, in the face of such horror and tragedy. One can only hope they are able to recover from the ghastly events of the preceding months. If we can support them with orders and kindly messages, maybe they will be able to rise above their calamity and carry on to a successful outcome for the future.
Lesley Cox - near Dunedin, lower east coast, South Island of New Zealand - Zone 9

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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 03:44:24 PM »
Good news indeed Gordon and thank you for letting us know. I did wonder because something appeared in the 'new species' part of their website a week or two back after it had been empty for months.

Darren Sleep. Nr Lancaster UK.

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 03:59:59 PM »
Gordon,

Thanks so much for relaying this information. Great news that they are planning to keep going.

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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2018, 09:31:35 AM »
Pretty good new indeed.
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Re: silverhills seeds
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 08:31:20 PM »
Please see this post  re a memorial for Rod and Rachel  Saunders:
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=16118.msg394205#msg394205
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2018, 05:52:17 PM »
The Board of the Pacific Bulb Society has authorized the public availability of the Memorial issue of their publication The Bulb Garden for Rachel and Rod Saunders.

You can go here to view it.

https://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/tbg/v16n2.pdf

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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2018, 10:11:57 AM »
Thank you, I enjoyed reading it Arnold. It brought back memories of a colour filled extravaganza of a talk by Rod and Rachel at a SRGC Discussion weekend some years ago.
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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2018, 11:55:16 AM »
I  ought to have made  post here earlier about the August issue of IRG e-magazine which included a tribute to the Saunders   :-[

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2018Aug301535657804IRG104-August2018.pdf

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Re: silverhills seeds
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2019, 12:50:08 PM »
A reminder that  Silverhills  Seeds  continue  in  business ....

http://www.silverhillseeds.co.za/Newsletter.asp
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2019, 05:48:27 AM »
I had intended posting this same link. Ondine is carrying on the business which is great news for us as it gives us access to new species for the large bed dedicated to South African Plants and to the memory of Rod and Rachel Saunders which we have recently created in Sheffield Botanic Gardens. Planting only began in May (having spent much of the winter preparing the bed) but already we have around 170 species in the ground. Too many to list but if anyone has succeeded with lesser known South Africans in the UK we still have spaces to fill. We would welcome ideas. We are only planting species.

 

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