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 of my SENECA VALLEY ’84. To me Beth Creveling Blooms along her very long driveway impressed me more so in ’90, than they did in ’00. I guess perhaps, it was that in ’00 the newer items were up near the house.

Some of the hems I remember were:

  • UNIQUE STYLE [Kate Carpenter ’85]
  • RUFFLED ORIGINAL [Spalding ’84]
  • JOLYENE NICHOLE [Spalding ’84]
  • ENCHANTING BLESSING [Spalding ’83]

About EB, I had great blooms on it during the ’87 convention and was able to hybridize with it, with good results. The next year, EB for me proved to be tender and I guess that was about the end of EB for me. Darrel later told me that he keep it in his garage over the winter. Two of my favorites won the President’s Cup and the Florida Sunshine Cup: YESTERDAY MEMORIES and SILOAM MERLE KENT [Henry ’84]. This was the second time for YM, for it won the President’s Cup back at the ’81 Chicago Convention.

In ’93 the NCDC had yet another short bus trip, this time to the Pittsburgh Convention, for me these short trips [six hours or so] were a lot of fun. Perhaps the NCDC will support a bus trip to the Long Island Convention in 2006. I guess I should start working on this idea shortly. In Pittsburgh, some of the hems I remember were:

  • SILOAM PAUL WATTS [Henry ’88]
  • NEAL BERREY [Sikes ’85]
  • WYNNSON [Criswell ’77]
  • and my own UPSWING [’90] and
  • BUS STOP [’00]

BS was a large number of bus plants that I gave away at an earlier NCDC regional three meeting.

1995 was a very busy schedule for us, first up in May was flying down to revisit most of the people down in Louisiana that we visited before. Then a bit later in June, we flew to the region 15 meeting in Charlotte described in part eight. Several days after arriving home we then flew to the National convention in Knoxville. To top it off in November we drove down to the Myrtle Beach meeting. Flying down there at Thanksgiving time is a big pain in the butt with the airlines, since they need reservations months ahead of time. We always go early and stay late in order to walk the beach and do some shopping.

It was at the Knoxville convention that I saw and wanted some of Jack Carpenter’s hems. Such as LEONARD SAUTER ’94 & HEAVEN ALL DAY ’92. At the present time I’ve grown about 70 of Jack’s hems, most of which are dips. RUFFLED PERFECTION ’89, PEACH EMERALD ’92 & BOONE KEELING ’95 have given me some great seedlings. Seen in Knoxville was one of my garden favorites, YELLOW EXPLOSION [Oakes ’89]. The Florida Sunshine Cup was won by SILOAM MERLE KENT which made it a two time winner for that cup. AUTUMN WOOD [Dougherty ’91] won the President’s Cup. GOLDEN HIBISCUS [Morrison ’92] attracted a lot of attention, and now it has won the big cup in ’03. But it was here that I saw a real old timer, CONGO MAGIC [Hall ’59]. CM was a black-red seedling of Dave Hall’s which was sent in ’57 to Willard King for the ’59 Washington, DC Convention. I do remember that Willard, Carey Quinn and myself talked Gene Wild into having it named.

The next, and last part of my fifty years will center around the ’87 Washington, DC Convention. But before I leave this part I want to describe my garden and myself. Before I retired 15 years ago I worked for almost 40 years as a civil engineer technician for several Engineering and Surveying Firms. I was a jack of all trades, doing drafting, designing, and occasionally surveying. Right after we moved here, a co-worker and I surveyed the side property lines so I could lay out the garden outline.

The organic plants were originally placed quite accurately as to spacing. With these facts in mind, you may understand why I only need to place my hem name markers in the garden during the bloom season. All my plants are charted [with pencil] on cross section drawing paper [100% rag bond] 10 x 10 to one inch. At the time I bought home a roll of this paper, it was 22″ by 150 feet, and now I usually cut it up into 11″ x 9″ sheets. Each bed in the garden has a separate sheet, and each sheet usually lasts many years.

It was during the summer of 1960 that Ruth started looking for a home with enough land for me to have only one garden, instead of 3 separate gardens scattered around the county. Ruth looked and looked, but then one day one of my coworkers told me about several houses near him that were under construction in Laytonsville. At that time we lived about one and a half miles from my office and these new organic houses [three] were about 12 miles away from it. [I did ride to work with my co-worker, which helped a good bit.] The first thing I did was to look up on the state’s soil map as to the type of soil, which very good. Our new home builder [a retired builder] lived on the farmland where he was building.

The builder wanted us to move in early before we were able to sell our old house. Which we did, by moving in the day after Christmas [We sold our old house later in April]. I had wanted about 3/4 or one acre of land but ended up with only 1/2 acre, but with absolutely great soil! The town of Laytonsville at the time was about 3/4 of a mile square with about half of it being in farms or farmland. The closest shopping center was about eight miles away, plus I was now in “Baltimore Colt country”. This was a bit hard, since I had season tickets to the Washington Redskins.

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