Re: Aroid Plantmen
- Subject: Re: Aroid Plantmen
- From: Regferns@aol.com
- Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:23:01 -0400 (EDT)
I also made the trip to Costa Rica to Bob Wilson's place (don't
know how we even found the nursery). It is quite a long and arduous drive
from Costa Rica (and as Tom Croat mentioned, it is very near Panama). At
the time of my trip, I was on a fern expedition, and at that time, had not
developed a taste for aroids -- that eventually changed. I remember the
nursery as being large and chock full of great eye candy.
In a message dated 8/26/2014 2:14:41 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
It was Bob
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.
It 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.
On Behalf Of DAVID LEEDY
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 1:27
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid
Newsletter is exactly where I was trying to direct that kind of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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