The Garfield Park Conservatory has recently rebuilt their facilities and
have included a very large 'Aroid House'. Many of you know that the
Conservatory was the place where Jim Symon was first introduced to
plants by his grandparents. This introduction has produced waves that have
been felt 'round the world.' We have all benefited from this 'plant'
I have been working with the Conservatory for two years to establish
a "JAMES R. SYMON, M.D. AMORPHOPHALLUS COLLECTION". This has finally
been accomplished. This winter, when my plants go dormant, I will be
Conservatory quite a numbver of plants for this collection.
If you would like to donate Amorphophallus to this collection... this is
the perfect solution for plants that 'get too big'. You may send them
to the personal attention of:
Mr. John Raffetto
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, ILL 60624
Please make a note in the shipment to John of what you are sending, any
collection data that you might have and that the tuber is for the "James R.
Symon, M. D. Collection". It is, of course, better to send dormant plants.
The Conservatory has agreed to place a plaque in the growing collection
where the public can see it and an announcement in the program booklets
that are distributed, stating that this is "The James R. Symon Amorphophallus
Collection." In the program booklet there will be a paragraph regarding
and love for the genus.
I have discussed this 'Collection' idea with Jim's family and some of
his friends. They all agree that this will accomplish several goals that
were of high priority to Jim: the preservation of the genera and
specifically some of the endangered species. The public will also be able
to enjoy this
wonderful and unusual Aroid that we, as plant lovers, admire so much.
Please print out a copy of this message and file it until your plants
reach a size that you no longer have room for them...
Thank you for your consideration.
Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut
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