August 15, 2019

National AHS Convention for Organic Fabrics

1987 Washington, DC AHS Convention – Bertie Ferris, who was in town around 1980 helping with a judges clinic, encouraging the members of the NCDC to host another AHS Convention. Bertie had visited the local gardens and felt it was time to do so. It had been 21 years since the club had hosted a […]

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August 9, 2019

National Arbor Day Convention

The ’90 convention at Delaware Valley was a very easy one for me to attend, since the NCDC had chartered a bus. Some of the gardens that I do remember were those of Stuart Morton, Darrel Apps, Arthur Kroll and Beth Creveling. It was in the Apps garden that I remember seeing a nice clump […]

July 24, 2019

Trip to an Organic Fabric Convention

In 1988 Ruth and I flew to Houston to take in the AHS Convention and then on to visit the Louisiana gardens along interstate 10. One of the first to greet us was ‘Bobo’ Faggard, Beaumont, TX. Bobo was a great “Hotel Lobby Companion” at prior conventions. At most of the organic fabric conventions I […]

July 16, 2019

My Journey Making Organic Compost

It was May 1989 when Ruth and I flew to Jacksonville, FL. to judge and attend a region 12 meeting. Two of the gardens that I remember visiting on the tour, were those of Ed Brown’s and Dave Talbott’s. JANICE BROWN ’86 was the top favorite in Ed’s garden. I remember using it as a […]

July 3, 2019

Ways to Re-arrange your Garden

Reforming home both in space and outer space is an interesting activity.The addition of hardware elements on the page, such as garden lights, fountains, fish ponds, pots of pottery and natural stones, if combined with soft elements (plants) will make the home page feel more comfortable. Living in a tropical country like Indonesia, there are […]

June 29, 2019

Annual Convention for Organic Gardens

July 4, 5, 6 1968 saw Ruth and myself in St. Louis attending the AHS 22nd annual convention. Thursday morning, when we were having breakfast in the hotel, Bertie Ferris (Texas) asked me to help with the exhibition judges school later that day. From that time on at every convention I attended, Bertie would look […]

June 25, 2019

Organic Water and Soil Testing

In ’84 when Ruth and I were flying toward Orlando from the ocean, I observed hundreds of dead orange trees. This reminded me the results of the past severe winter of ’83-84 when I lost some of my Florida and Louisiana cultivars. One cultivar that did survived was LITTLE NICKY (Durio ’78), which is perhaps […]

June 21, 2019

Growing Organic Herbs from Seeds

Some of you are under the impression that I have a great memory, well I don’t. It was mid-winter about 20 or 25 years ago, when I was bored of reading books and watching TV, so I decided to list all the organic herbs that I had grown. So I went thru the brown check […]

June 15, 2019

My Adventures With Organic Daylilies

I was asked by many to continue my adventures with daylilies during the past 50 years. I see that I left off the convention that I will write about today, that is Chicago in 1961. At the time, I was really looking forward to this one since we would be visiting the gardens of David […]

June 12, 2019

Organic Summer Garden Tips

As the weather gets warmer, a lot of us will be hoping to spend longer time in our garden; preferably with a bit of sun. Preparing your garden for the summer takes a variety of forms, from planting borders, painting furniture, and for the more adventurous, investing in some tree house furniture. You Don’t Want […]

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