The 2011 NARGS Seed Exchange

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Allison's picture
Title: Guest
Joined: 2010-04-08

Wow! That was frickin' amazing!

Got my order done so slick and fast I can hardly believe it. And to see the list of what I was asking for, well, that was the icing on the cake!

Major kudos to the team - that must have have been an awful lot of work. Thank you!

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Title: Member
Joined: 2010-01-31

I can enter the seed system to make a seed request... but I still  cannot download the list.  In the seed ordering area it does not seem possible to see who the donors of particular species are... is that possible in the downloadable list?

If so, could someone who has managed to download it, email it to me, please? I think my email is visible to all members.

I know there have been problems  and those involved in the set-up will have been distraught at the difficulties... but it is all coming together now and it will be a boon, both for the members and for those picking and packing the seed in future. well done folks!


Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

Title: Member
Joined: 2009-09-20

I've just sent the seedlist and orderform to you Maggi. 
By the way, when I looked at your profile, the email address was "hidden".
Dave Dobak

Peter George
Title: Member
Joined: 2009-09-03

Which browser are you using? I have both Firefox and Explorer and only the Firefox handles the seedlist and the donor list competently.

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

maggiepie's picture
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Joined: 2009-12-15

I'm using chrome and had no problems with either downloading the list or doing the seed order.


New Brunswick , Canada
zone 4b

Title: Member
Joined: 2010-01-31

Still no joy downloading the list... but I have it from Dave and also Bill Moyles, with an offer from Lori if I was still stuck...  :) Wonderful kind folks, all! 8)

Peter, I use Firefox mostly, but I tried IE, and Google Chrome too.

I'm just going to close everything down and try again... that may help.  Will report back soon.
In the meantime I have made a seed request, using the very simple system   8) 8) 8) So easy to use!

Later edit: Still no luck with the downloads, I'm afraid.
21.43pm UK time

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

Title: Guest
Joined: 2009-10-01

We still haven’t had a chance to figure out why some members can’t get the pdf’s, as it seems to be a problem (or no problem at all) for a variety of browsers and operating systems...We hope to have it fixed as soon as Chris Klapwijk gets a well-deserved break.

If anyone wants a copy of any of the pdf files sent to them they may contact me at: [email][/email].

The Donors list pdf is on the "Welcome to the 2011-2012 Seed Exchange" page just below where it says Additional Information.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we worked out the online ordering problems and many thanks for your kind words. Our goal was to make it as simple and useful as possible for a wide range of computer configurations - and I think Chris certainly achieved that goal!

Laura Serowicz
Seed Exchange Intake Manager
SE Michigan Z6

Title: Member
Joined: 2010-05-02

I placed my order last night and, wow was it slick.  While I had my list already to go I love the "click on Google" feature and ended up changing a few selections because of it.

Now that it's working it's truly impressive.  Everyone involved can pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

Jan Jeddeloh

Jan Jeddeloh, Portland, Oregon, USA, Zone 8.  Rainy winters (40 inches or 1 meter) and pleasant dry summers which don't start until July most years!

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

Researching more on the problematic PDF download links, seems that most of the time it's due to a PDF plug-in that is trying to open the PDF within the browser, whether it is Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. So, there's probably nothing wrong with the actual links nor PDF files themselfs, but in the behavior of PDF browser plugins.  The solution is to set PDFs to open up directly in Adobe Reader instead.

The most reliable way to fix the problem is to do the following:
(ps: for me, doing these steps worked like a charm, then the PDF links worked instantaneously)

1.  Download and install Adobe Reader (do this even if you have other Adobe Acrobat products installed), you need the latest "Reader":
    Download/Install from this link (select your operating system, language, and Reader version (latest version 10.1 is recommended):

2.  Close your internet browser.

3.  Launch Adobe Reader
    -  Go to the 'Edit' Menu and select 'Preferences'
    -  In the left column select 'Internet'
    -  Uncheck 'Display PDF in browser'
    -  Click OK

4.  Launch your internet browser, and try the links on the NARGS.ORG web page again.

Hopefully this will work for those of you having PDF download problems.  There's lots more information out there on PDF download difficulties, a few more possibilities are listed in this link:

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at

Beatty's picture
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Joined: 2011-10-25

I wondered too about versions of adobe and downloaded the latest greatest from their site but nothing seemed to work.  Then I upgraded my elements 7 to 10 and on there it said to click here for adobe 10.1 and despite downloading from the adobe site I clicked it.  You got it - the seed list finally worked for me!!!  Of course I have already ordered my seed on that oh so slick system.  That worked really well and I think everything one could think of was thought of - it was amazing.  I honestly think this team put a lot of thought into it to make it a great experience but the truth is everyone has a different system and versions and............  Thank you all so much for all you did and the fact that you stuck with it until it worked.  I appreciated the timing of it too - just before Christmas when you have so many personal commitments.  Hope you're all enjoying it :-) 

Sue Beatty
Beautiful Parksville, BC


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