The Arche Noah (‘Noah’s Ark’, in German) is a society for the protection of the diversity of cultivated plants. I think that’s the full translation of what they call themselves in German. I guess without them, very few people in Austria would care about diversity or heirloom seeds.
I try to visit their garden in Schiltern, Lower Austria, once a year, usually for the big plant market on May 1st, but some years – like this one – that doesn’t work out.
So it was very convenient that Langenlois, where I was for school, is very close to Schiltern, we had the afternoon off after our wholesalers excursion, and some of my classmates also wanted to go there.
We almost didn’t get to go, because the three of us had taken the train to Langenlois, Schiltern is pretty much impossible to get to without a car, and the taxi companies in the area were… apparently not that interested in having customers.
But luckily we found a classmate who also wanted to go and had a car.
We also visited a nearby plant nursery afterwards. And came back to Langenlois with a couple of plants each. Which was not that convenient, considering we had to take them back home on the train at the end of the week…
Once again tired and slightly grumpy and headachy today, so…
Have a flower, don’t make me talk.
I’m tired and headachy and grumpy, because half of this exam today was a complete disaster. I don’t even want to tell the whole story again, I’ve done it too often today, and I’ll have to do it again tomorrow.
I have a big exam tomorrow – the written final for my master horticulturist course (although the whole thing won’t be finished until next spring). Five hours. It’s been eleven years since the last time I had such a long exam.
And the two other times I had big exams like this – the Matura (final exams at high schoo) and the apprenticeship final exam – I had much more time to prepare. A fulltime job, a household of my own and three gardens make that a lot harder than when I was still living with my parents. (And depression tricking me into thinking I was “just too tired to study today” for a couple of weeks certainly didn’t help. I do feel better now, but I’m a lot less prepared than I would like to be.)
I’m tired today, so I’ll talk some more about the Arche Noah, and our trip there, tomorrow. Probably. Unless I’m too busy.
No pretty plants this time. But it’s the last post about wholesalers, and tomorrow there’ll be more plants, probably.
So while the other ones we visited all sold plants/cut flowers/ornaments/other floristry-related stuff, the GBC sells supplies for horticulturists, like potting mix, pesticides, pots, parts for irrigation systems, and yeah, more floristry stuff.
It’s not particularly pretty, but I thought maybe it would be interesting. It was to me, since I’ve never been there. My boss goes shopping there regularly (well, at the branch closest to us) so I had a pretty good idea of what they sell, and I’ve seen some of their delivery drivers, and I sort of know one of their sales staff… but as I said, I’d never been there.
And out of all the places we visited, this was the one where we felt the most welcomed. We’d gotten tours around the other businesses, too, but here, we were first led upstairs to a … break room? Meeting room? We got a drink, and the branch manager showed us a video about how the place was built, and the move from the previous location, and then we were split into two groups for the tour so everyone could hear the explanations and ask questions more easily. It really felt like they valued us as future customers there, and we didn’t get this feeling from any of the others.