American Primrose Society (Primulas) – Chapters

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One of the benefits of an APS membership is an invitation to

join a Round Robin. Information is shared in circulating packages of letters.

For new members, this is a great way to make new friends and learn more about


What You Get: Robins are packages of letters by

members of the Robin group containing information and news on Primula. It may

be a general Round Robin, or it may focus on one particular species or hybrid.

An initial cover letter from the Robin chairman is sent to the first Robin

member on the list. This person sends the first letter and his or her letter to

the second person on the list, and so it goes, with each member adding a


Lots of first-hand information and news about individual

gardeners and their gardens are yours for the effort of writing about your own

garden and gardening experience! It is possible to include seed, and members

are encouraged to do this.

What to Do: Write a letter to Candy Strickland,

Chairman of the APS Round Robins, and express an interest in joining. She will

send you a form to fill in and match you with a group.

New Robins: There are two Robins circulating —

more can be formed. If there is interest in the following topics, new Robins

will be formed for those interested in:

  • Hints for Beginners. A mix of novice growers and somecomments from more seasoned growers who can supply that bit of information that

    makes all the difference.

  • Primula marginata. 

    A few experts in the area could be coaxed into writingan initial letter to encourage others interested in growing these fascinating

    members of the Auricula Section.

  • Indoor Primula. There are some growers interested inPrimula obconica and P. malacoides

    , the two species (and their hybrids) that grow


  • Primula sieboldii 

    and Sakurasoh. Named varieties of Primula sieboldii arestaged each spring in their own little theater by growers in Japan. The

    increasing interest in these beautiful members of the primula family must mean

    there are collectors who would like to compare notes.

  • Show auriculas. There is a renewed interest in thesecompelling, attractive, but difficult members of the Auricula Section. Some of

    the members who have had success might be willing to share their growing

    advice. Recommendations for suitable crosses, if you are thinking of

    hybridizing your own seed, could be described by growers with knowledge of the

    characteristics of these jewel-like plants.

Send your name in now! Candy will match you up with other APS

members sharing your interests. Write to:

Candy Strickland
6911 104TH S.E.
Puyallup, WA


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