In the midst of all my gardening books are two cardboard magazine holders. One is for the current year's garden catalogs and the other is for the prior year's catalogs. A good catalog offers more than pretty pictures. There is critical information about planting, mature size, climate limits and light requirements. I keep two years' worth of catalogs because nurseries often rotate what they offer, building up stock one season and selling it the next.
If I consistently order from a nursery I may keep their catalogs for lots longer than two years. My oldest Klehm catalog is from 1995 when it was more words than pictures and included beautiful water color illustrations. They were memorable.
Even though I order via on-line catalogs and look through their hundeds of words and images on the computer, nothing matches slowly paging through a paper catalog. This year Klehm re-instated their print product — brought back by popular demand after a year without a catalog to scroll through with our hands.
The Klehm family knows their customers and they took our distress to heart. Their response doesn't really surprise me. That's why I keep coming back: fabulous plants from an equally fabulous family of plants people.