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One of the reasons I love public horticulture is the opportunity for new experiences. This past Saturday afforded me just that. We had a booking for a private tour for a group with visual impairments. I did my best to prepare for this unusual engagement, but in the end I was left surprised and pleased while wholly out of my depth. They taught me that bright colors are best. To say "look at your 12 o'clock" instead of "look ahead" .
In 1916, the property that is now Reeves-Reed Arboretum changed hands. The Wisner family, who built the house that currently serves as the heart of the Arboretum (and bears the family's name), sold the property to John and Susan Reeves. About six months after the Reeves moved into their new home, the United States entered the first World War, which had already been raging for nearly three years. It was the end of an era in every sense of the word. But the end of one era marks the beginning of...
Etymologically speaking, the title of this post may or may not be related to the subject of this post – the heirloom gladiolus 'Boone', named for the North Carolina town where it was rediscovered. Boon in the sense of a gift or an unexpected benefit comes from the Old Norse. The name Boone – the town was named after famed frontiersmen Daniel Boone – comes from either the French locale Bohun, or from the Norman word "bon," for good, or from the Dutch word "boene", or bean, denoting someo...