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Re: Aroid Plantmen

  • Subject: Re: Aroid Plantmen
  • From: "John Criswick" <criswick@spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:23:36 -0700

Thanks Derek.  I received this from a friend in Carlsbad:


Interesting john.  I cannot add much.  I remember my grandmother driving me all the way from Anaheim to Carlsbad to Mr. hummels nursery here in Carlsbad when i was maybe 13...So around 1964. It was a special treat for me to see all the bromeliads and who knows what else in his greenhouses.  There is no sign of his place now around here. I imagine his nursery must  have been very close to my  parents’ present home on Chestnut but they have been here since 1976 and i do not ever remember seeing any greenhouses of tropicals here.  Andersons nursery is in Leucadia still but different owners.  Horace Anderson's grandson is Eric Anderson of Seedco...a tropical seed nursery near here.  I do not know if Eric has survived the recession.  I have not spoken to him in several years. ...



From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of derek burch
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:00 AM
To: 'Discussion of aroids'
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid Plantmen


I will see if I can stir up John Banta about Bob See. John is a fantastic source of information, and we may be able to put together something for the e-supplement to Aroideana which is due out in December. Or even a longer piece from many contributors which I should be happy to collate and edit for next years Aroideana (deadline December 15, 2014 before you all get busy for the holidays) Thanks to every one who is poking the fire to get this topic on the move.  Derek


From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of John Criswick
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 8:59 PM
To: 'Discussion of aroids'
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid Plantmen


Hi David,


Bob and Catherine Wilson did create a wonderful botanical garden in Las Cruces, Costa Rica. I understand it was off the beaten track and very difficult to get there. I was hearing about it in the 60s.


Yes I do believe that Anderson’s Nursery is in Carlsbad.


Did anyone know Bob See of Florida and of the aroids he created?


John Criswick



From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of DAVID LEEDY
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:27 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid Plantmen


Thank you Derek,


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.


David Leedy




On Monday, August 25, 2014 5:28 AM, derek burch <dburch23@bellsouth.net> wrote:




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) –but, 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.


Best, Derek


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 ’. After his death, his wife Cora continued his work if my memory is correct. Glasshouse Works attributes Anderson ’s Red to Ed Hummel.


From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of DAVID LEEDY
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 7:33 PM
To: Aroid-L List
Subject: [Aroid-l] Aroid Plantmen


I appreciated the information given to us on this list by A. Sunjian with respect to Philodendron  ‘xEvansii’ and Philodendron ‘ Soledad ’.  However,  I want to know more about the “Plantsmen” 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 ’s 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.


Thank you.

David Leedy



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