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15. How did this web site come about?

Sine the 1980's, I have had an interest in the genus Adromischus. After finding them in South Africa, I wanted to name my photographs. Over the years, encouraged by Chris Rodgerson, I built up a private study collection. Pots are restricted to a maximum of 2" and specimens are admittedly not grown to show quality. Since they are housed in rented greenhouse space, registration as a National Collection is not appropriate for access and security reasons, even though I have been a Plant Heritage (NCCPG of old)*** member for about 20 years!

In 1998, I jointly authored The Adromischus Handbook with John Pilbeam and Chris Rodgerson. Considerable literature research was entailed and we had to refine our ideas about the scope of each taxon. The book publicised these lovely plants and was well received, and has sold over 1100 copies.

Adromischus displayed at Loughborough BCSS Convention
Adromischus display at BCSS National Convention. Photo: David Offord, Aug. 2002.

In 2002, the BCSS National Convention at Loughborough University gave an opportunity to stage a display of Adro's. I prepared cards about each taxon, with habitat photographs where possible, to compliment the cultivated plants on display. These web pages are developed directly from those cards.

For Adro-nerds, here are some technical details about development of this web site. The original cards were authored using Microsoft Publisher software, on my 1998-vintage home Gateway PC running Windows 95. Photographic slides were scanned using a HP 5370C flat bed scanner [recommended!] and massaged using Paint Shop Pro [Awkward to use, but I can't afford PhotoShop!]. The cards were printed on glossy, photo-quality paper using a HP980cxi inkjet printer and generated much favourable comment. 

Automatic generation of web pages from Publisher was too clumsy and could not give enough control. Instead, Microsoft FrontPage Express was used, now replaced by Kompozer software upon a Dell Dimension E520 PC. FAQ & Links pages were added to elaborate about cultivation, propagation, etc. I hope you like the straightforward, clean design!

*** The UK Plant Heritage charity provides a registration service for National Collections for ex-situ conservation. Containing both horticultural cultivars and natural species, over 600 plant collections are now listed, maintained by institutions, nurseries and private individuals. This successful scheme has been copied in other countries.

Last Updated: Jul 2018
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