We do, indeed, have
friends in low places! Our friends, however, are in a different kind
of low place than one might initially think of. They're often on their
hands and knees weeding or planting or looking closely at a bloom or
leaf! You can't be a gardener without stooping to 'low
places'! There are lots and lots of folks that we are indebted to,
so many who have helped us, guided us, and yes, corrected us! But if you go
through our website thoroughly, you will come across three names with a
certain amount of frequency. (And the 5th friend is 'Hips' the Cat who has
run of the garden at Jack Potter's House and shows up on patrol in many of
his terrific photos!)
We want to introduce
you to them (if you aren't already familiar with their expertise) so that when we
say, "Dick said", or "Cole suggests" or "Jack grows
this" or "Gene thinks", you'll know to pay attention -- these four men know whereof they speak!
Gene E. Bush
In the last few years, we have become great friends with one of the treasures of
the gardening world - Gene Bush. This year we acquired most of Gene's
remaining inventory from his Munchkin Nursery and divisions of some very rare
treasures from his personal gardens that have been unavailable in the trade.
While we're doing the growing and occasionally introducing some new treasure
Gene uncovers, he will be pursuing his other loves: writing, photographing
and speaking about plants. You now have a Gardening Dynamic Duo - Lazy S'S Farm growing the plants and
Gene Bush providing everything you need to know about choosing and growing them!
We are so very pleased to introduce you to our dear friend and, to our mind,
A Gardener's Treasure: Gene Bush!
author garden designer, photographer, and naturalist. Formerly
curator at the U.S.
Arboretum and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He leads
garden tours around the world, writes articles for all the best Gardening
Magazines and has a TDF (To Die For) garden near us at the foot of the
Blue Ridge Mountains.
He's probably told me I was wrong more
times than my Mother and each time, I'm grateful instead of insulted!
He introduced us to the concept of a
Tropical Garden up here in our cold area and his is a beauty!
See Ketzel Levine's photo of Cole in a very
Place. in case for one second you doubted that we have friends
in LOW places!
Thanks a bunch Cole!
Horticulturist, photographer and former Curator of
Arboretum until 1992. For years, before taking the horticulturist position there, he was part-time gardener for
John and Gertrude Wister, whose private garden on the edge of the
Swarthmore campus was part of the arboretum collections.
And he's THE Potter of
'Potter's Purple' which he discovered in the Wister Garden
in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, in 1984.
Not only is he a gardener but a fabulous
photographer and many of his photos
grace our website including the above photo of one of "his friends
in low places" - in this case, his cat, Hips.
Plus he kindly sends us cuttings of
plants he thinks we can't live without! Jack now gardens in New York.
Thanks so much, Jack! (and Hips)
Richard (Dick) A. Weaver
and Botanist with the Arnold
Arboretum, author of numerous articles on ornamentals.
PhD from Duke University, he's now working as a taxonomist with the
Florida Dept. of Agriculture. Former
owner of the original and wonderful We-Du Nursery.
Dick is particularly helpful in identifying
plants. He knows all of those little anatomical parts that seem to change
from species to species that often totally confuse us!
A number of our favorite parent plants came
from him when he owned We-Du and one, in particular, we've renamed in his
honor, since it turned out to be a mis-identified Epimedium
seedling. It's a beauty!
x 'Dream Weaver'
x 'Poly Spout' had a waiting list the first few years after we
brought it back to the trade, it's so fabulous!