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Re: Bittersweet now hort ed

Now that's teaching. Kids love to learn by such hands on experience. And to
actually see their plants take off and grow always excites them (unless
they're completely antisocial of course) LOL!
Andrea H
Beaufort, SC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 7:59 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Bittersweet now hort ed

> I grew up in rural [this may be hard to believe] Los Angeles, Auralie.
> Horticulture, botany, agriculture were major parts of our educational
> curricula. All of the classrooms in my grammar school [aka elementary
> school] had large garden plot where we grew vegetables and experimented
> with propagation--seeds, cuttings, grafting, air and ground layering,
> and so on. Luther Burbank was a major California icon, and most folks
> were dirt poor [many of them Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" Okies], so
> the schools tried to educate the parents about peculiarities of growing
> vegetables in California, also.
> On Monday, December 6, 2004, at 07:32 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
> > Andrea, there are garden clubs and garden clubs.  Some are nice
> > and thoughtful, and some are just the opposite.  On the whole I have
> > found them to be really good people, but its the few rotten apples
> > that spoil things for everyone - just like any other group.  This
> > business of ignorance about horticulture is one I work at all
> > the time.  In the Horticulture School series I run I always include
> > one session on basic botany - and am always amazed at the
> > complete ignorance of some people.  Where were they in
> > high school?  I once said one of the courses was just high-school
> > biology, and several declared they had never had biology in
> > high school.  I couldn't believe it.  If I was taught botany in a very
> > small-town school in the rural South in the 40s, I wonder what
> > they were teaching in the next few decades in the supposedly
> > more sophisticated Northeast.
> > Auralie
> >
> > In a message dated 12/06/2004 6:57:23 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> > hodgesaa@earthlink.net writes:
> > Hmmm, guess I never thought of that issue. I have to say, I gave a
> > presentation at a garden club meeting a couple of weeks ago and was
> > truly
> > amazed at how many plants they were NOT familiar with. That and the
> > fact
> > that I busted my butt getting out there in the middle of the work day
> > and
> > they kept me waiting for 30 minutes while they ate tea cakes and drank
> > cider. I wanted to explode. You told me to be here at 10:00 AM, so WHY
> > am I
> > standing around until 10:30? I was not happy.
> > Andrea H
> > Beaufort
> >
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Zone 10a
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
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