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HIST: Essays on Oldies

From: HIPSource@aol.com


Walta, that silver tongued devil, said:

<<	In this post Donald and Anner have whetted the appetites of 
long-established listers/talkers who await axiously Anner's finds in the back 
alley tours of Richmond and Chesterfield county.  Her wordsmithing takes you 
there.  Hang on; it can't be long now until this masterpiece  scrolls down 
your screen.  Don't miss it.>>

Well, we'll see. 

I've got several articles I've got to crank out. I'm working on one now about 
a garden restoration HIPS helped with at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It's 
another Olmsted Brothers garden, like the one at the Frederick Law Olmsted 
National Historic Site in Brookline, Mass. that we helped with last year. 

I like older irises and I'm interested not just in the plants but also in how 
they have been part of people's lives and their gardens.  Many of the oldies 
are still here because they are tough, but some are also still with us 
because they have been cherished for generations. This says something.  
Anyway, I've posted a couple of  Alley Irises 'essayettes' ---by which I mean 
unpolished little musings ---on the older irises found here and there in my 
own town. Some people have liked them a lot. They are in the Archives.

What I'd really like to see this year is other folks talking about what's 
growing in their neighborhoods.This isn't the only older burg in the country 
and you don't have to know what the names of what you are seeing are to find 
them and appreciate them. HIPS doesn't know what they all are either, and 
that is part of the fun. My guess is there are a whole lot of oldies 
scattered across the urbs and older suburbs of the Eastern corridor. 
Certainly there should be cool things in New York and Massachusetts where so 
much iris history was made. But hybridizing and collecting was happening in a 
lot of places. 

It's a real nice thing to do on a Sunday afternoon, to just get in the car 
with a little pad of paper for a few notes and maybe your camera...... and go 
chase the rainbows! 

Anner Whitehead
Commercial Source Chairman
Historic Iris Preservation Society

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