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Meet Nancy Barnum -- New "ROOTS" Editor

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Meet Nancy Barnum -- New "ROOTS" Editor
  • From: Barb Johnson <ljohnson@cland.net>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 09:36:03 -0600

                            by Barb Johnson

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered that the 
new Editor of ROOTS, the Journal of the Historic Iris Preservation 
Society, lives right here in Springfield, Missouri.

Nancy Barnum is a very busy lady. She has been an AIS Judge for three 
years, Editor of the AIS Region 18 Bulletin for three years, a North 
American Lily (Lilium) Society Judge for eight years, President of the 
Ozark Regional Lily Society four years plus Editor of the same 
organization for ten years. Additionally, for the past six years Nancy 
has been a Volunteer Naturalist at the Missouri Department of 
Conservation Springfield Nature Center, giving programs on hummingbird 
and butterfly gardening, native plant floral arranging, and leading 
native plant walks. Now she has taken over Mike and Ann Lowe's job as 
Editor of ROOTS.

In the past ten years Nancy has been past President of the Springfield 
Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society, past President of a local 
Federated Garden Club, and has served on the Board of the Botanical 
Society of Southwest Missouri for eight years.

Gardening began as a child for Nancy when her grandparents gave her a 
plot each year to grow her own plants. She has also gardened 35 of the 
37 years since marrying her childhood sweetheart, David. Nancy and David 
have one married son and they along with both sets of their parents 
reside in Springfield.

The Barnums' home lot is packed with all types of plants which Nancy 
plants and cares for herself. The iris she grows include TB, MDB, 
Species, Siberians, Spurias, Japanese, Louisianas, and a few Dutch 
(bulb) iris.  Of course, some of these are historics. In addition to the 
150-plus varieties of iris, she grows more than 200 varieties of lilium, 
75 varieties of hostas, 55-60 varieties of daylilies, plus numerous 
other native and hybrid plants and shrubs -- many of which were planted 
to attract and feed hummingbirds and butterflies.

Nancy is happy to be the new ROOTS Editor and looks forward to 
publishing the Journal for those of us who love historic iris. Articles 
you would like published in ROOTS should be mailed to:  HIPS EDITOR, 
P. O. Box 8293, Springfield, MO 65801. The mailing deadline date for the 
Spring issue is January 31 and for the Fall issue September 30. If you 
would like to send her short messages, her email address is: 

                        Telephone interview by Barb Johnson 10-22-96
   Permission granted by Nancy Barnum for publishing on the Internet.

Barb Johnson, ljohnson@cland.net
Southwest Missouri Ozarks, USDA Zone 5b, AIS Region 18

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