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San Diego Aroids (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 19:27:57 -0600
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Subject: San Diego Aroids

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Subject: San Diego Aroids

I am taken back by the disparaging remarks about Aroids in San Diego appear=
on Aroidl.  I collected aroids over 25 years (I was a very avid collector)
until 1994 and have visited the public and private collections at Kew (the
"old" aroid house), Munich with J Bogner  and the Missouri Botanical (with =
Croat).  I have been to Selby, Fairchild, and the National Tropical Garden =
Kauai in Hawaii to name a few.  I have toured commercial and wholesale
nurseries throughout the United States and toured hundreds of private
collections.  And I have collected aroids in the jungles of Ecuador on two
separate occasions.  Therefore I am qualified to speak and I believe that I
have seen some of the finest plant collections, including aroids, in and
around San Diego, California.

In the early 1970=92s, before there was any popularity of aroids or even an
International Aroid Society, one of the finest U.S. mail order nurseries
dealing in aroids was Bill Virden in Poway, California, a San Diego suburb.
Upon his death, that collection was dispersed with a significant portion go=
to Sherman Gardens, north of San Diego (in Orange County, I think).  Even
before that, one of the major contributors to aroid hybridization, Horace
Anderson (as in P. 'Anderson's Red'), had a nursery in Encinitas, another S=
Diego suburb.  A number of named aroid hybrids (in the trade) came about
because of his efforts and others in the San Diego and Southern California
area.  A contemporary of Monroe Birdsey=92s and, I believe, a fellow gradua=
te in
Botany from the University of California,  Paul Hutchinson, had a nursery i=
Escondido, just north of San Diego, where a number of new aroid introductio=
(newly collected material) were made in the 1970=92s and 1980=92s or before=

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