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Re: Plant ID/Gardening

In a message dated 02/15/2006 12:44:33 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
TeichFlora@aol.com writes:
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?? 

The club was founded in the late 1920s - not sure just which year.
A few years back I attended the National GC Convention in Philadelphia
and received a booklet of poems by young people.  One of my club
members was receiving a National Award for starting the youth poetry
program.  One of the poems was by a young person sponsored by the
garden club in my town.  I wrote to the Florida State GC President and
told her of my connection.  She put me in touch with the club president,
and we exchanged several letters.  Apparently, the club still thrives though  
the town is much changed - it's grown considerably since I left there more
than 50 years ago.  I remember them meeting in homes, and my being
allowed, at an early age like about four or five, to pass around a basket
of napkins when refreshments were served.  I also remember sitting
with several other friends and trying desperately to be still and not get
the silly giggles.  I had real trouble with giggles.  Somewhere I still have
the handwritten script of a talk my grandmother made about Poinsettias.
So I guess I have been in garden clubs most of my life, too.

As for plant collectors and enthusiasts, one of my current club members
is an orchid specialist who has traveled worldwide collecting orchids.  His 
job was one that took him to many places, and he took every opportunity
to further his interest.  I have never heard him say what he paid for his
more expensive plants, but knowing him, I wouldn't be surprised at any
amount.  If he wants a thing, he gets it, and I have heard him say that
he has over 1000 species in his three greenhouses.  He founded the
Westchester County Orchid Society some years ago, but is not active
in that nowadays.

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