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Re: Plant ID/Gardening

Hi, I didn't find your gardening history to be a bore at all, in fact, I  
found it to be quite interesting.  What year was it that your grandmother  was in 
this garden club??  How interesting that they should want the newest  plants 
and such.  I read a lot of garden books, unfortunately more than  anything 
else.  I've read so many about Orchid collectors and other  collectors from back 
in the 1800's that would collect rare species to bring back  to sell to rich 
collectors.  Haven't read much about every day  folks though in garden clubs.  
I have many older friends (in their late  70's) that were founding members of 
specific groups (i.e orchids,  bromeliads, etc.) , they would make trips to 
South America, etc. to collect  plants, and many (not nobility or such) would 
pay hundreds of dollars for  rare plants back 30-40 years ago.  I cannot even 
imagine paying that much  NOW for a plant, although I have paid quite a bit at 
times.  Used to be  quite the thing to belong to these societies.  Things have 
changed so much  since then, but it sure is interesting to hear how dedicated 
the folks were back  then, and such. 
Thanks for sharing!!
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 2/15/2006 11:03:23 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I have  gardened all my life.  When I was a small child in the deep
South, we  had a woman who did the yardwork.  I used to follow
her around and she  would show me what to do.  Neither of my
grandparents were gardeners,  but my grandfather had a rose
bed because that was what some of his buddies  did.  My 
grandmother was a founding member of the local garden club,  
which still exists, by the way, and always wanted to have the 
latest  new plants, though I never remember her getting her hands
in the  dirt.  Anyway, the woman who did the yardwork would say
"let the baby  (that's me) plant it and it will grow."
Of course my father's family were  farmers, though he was a 
school teacher. My grandmother really looked down  on "country"
people (she was so urban in her town of nearly five thousand  
When I went away to college, I grew morning glories and  sweet
potato plants in my room.  When I had an apartment before I  was
married I asked to be allowed to cultivate a small plot outside  the
building.  When we were first married we lived in a new  apartment
development in Chapel Hill, NC.  I planted bulbs behind the  
foundation plantings.  After we moved to a very small
apartment in  New York City I had morning glories growing up 
the curtains and as many  plants as we had surface space for.
Before we moved out of the city I was  getting books from the
library to learn about what would grow in the area,  since I was
sure it wouldn't be the same as the Florida panhandle where  I
grew up.  I already had a collection of catalogs, and had  ordered
some seeds to plant when we moved out in March.  
So you  see, gardening is just a necessity of life like breathing and  
eating.  I can't imagine not doing it.  
My other  grandmother, the "country" one that I didn't grow up with,
was a great  gardener.  I wasn't allowed to visit her often, and when
I did, I was  not a favored grandchild, but I do remember that her
front yard was solidly  planted with flower beds with swept sand
paths between.  No lawn, but  lawns were not common in the rural
South in those days.
Sorry to be a  bore, but you did ask.

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