Re: Aroid Plantmen
It was Bob Wilson:
He had a wonderful garden near Villa Neilly not far from Panama. Eventually the OTS became involved, built a big dormitory and classroom. I used it when I taught a class for Hal Moore from Cornell. Bob and Catherine lived in a nice house on the grounds. I visited them and stayed there before they built the dorm. ÂÂIt was electrified by a generator which had a kill switch attached to a string when he went to bed about 10 it was lights out for everyone. Catherine died while they were there and they buried her on the grounds, lowering her body into the grave and then covered her up with soil. Bob made trips to South America, notably to Colombia and he had a lot of material collected at Bajo Calima where I was working, also from Lago Calima much higher up. They had a lot of different people who lived there eventually to help him, including Luis Diego Gomez and several others who I knew but whoâs names down immediately come to mind.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of DAVID LEEDY
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 1:27 PM
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Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid Plantmen
The Newsletter is exactly where I was trying to direct that kind of information.
Over 35 years ago, I propagated Aroids for Bob Cole and Bill Cook's Botanical Gardens Plant Shop in Reseda, California. I recall that they mentioned Ed Hummel, but they always referred to him as "Mr. Hummel." Like so many, I can't remember what I knew about him.
I was of the opinion that Anderson's red was from Anderson's Nursery in the San Diego area, possibly Carlsbad. I do recall visiting that nursery around 40 years ago and meeting his son, I believe his name was Rod. It is quite possible that Mr. Hummel named it.
I am of the opinion that one of the Bobs, Wilson or McColley, went to Costa Rica and built a rare plant nursery or area there.
The articles that Enid and I did for the June Newsletter were attempts to stimulate more on this type reminiscence (perhaps of a more serious nature than mine) âbut, rather as expected, there has been no follow up. The medium for publishing in an archived form Newsletter and Aroideana) does exist. Now we need more people to join in with submissions.
p.s. Fantastic Gardens was Bob Wilson, not Bob McColley, who was active in the Apopka area at Bamboo Nursery, and introduced a number of philodendrons, including such gems as Prince of Orange â. After his death, his wife Cora continued his work if my memory is correct. Glasshouse Works attributes Anderson âs Red to Ed Hummel.
I appreciated the information given to us on this list by A. Sunjian with respect to Philodendron âxEvansiiâ and Philodendron â Soledad â. However, I want to know more about the âPlantsmenâ in the Aroid Plant Family. We can read about the old timey Botanist (e.g. Schott and Engler & Kraus), the Botanists of our life time (e.g. Cecil Prime and Monroe Birdsey), and the current Botanists. But how about the Plansmen?
What is the story of Anderson âs Red (Philodendron) and of particular interest would be Bob McCauley of Fantastic Gardens fame in Miami ? What other Plantsmen should we know about? How about famous Plantsmen in Australia , the UK , Germany , etc.? What cultivars or hybrids are they responsible for?
I, for one, would really appreciate anyone taking the time to either write this down or tell me where I might otherwise find it.
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