Whetstone Park-Bulb Theft

June 4, 2008
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In a message dated 6/4/2008 10:31:33 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Phyllis, what a shame that the garden at Whetstone is no more.  It was 1974 when we first planted daffodils there.  Even worse is knowing that people were stealing the bulbs!  What a shame.

I suspect that this is a function of reduced budgets and the lack of employees on the grounds. It would be surprising if this is not happening in public gardens all over the country.
Bill Lee


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4 responses to “Whetstone Park-Bulb Theft”

  1. Naomi Liggett says:

    One problem was the garden was enclosed with a high taxus hedge making it not visible to most park visitors.  The hedge looked good and I am sure helped protect the daffodils from the elements.  The diggers probably came after park workers had gone home – say dusk.  The garden started with one bed of about 125 cultivars – 3 each. At it’s peak it contained more than 1500 cultivars.  It was rather sad when Donna and I dug the last clump but again after 34 years also a relief it was over.  The weeds were a great problem that couldn’t seem to be solved and with our aging membership impossible to keep clean by digging.

    Naomi

  2. Donna Dietsch says:
    It was actually 36 years, because at the 1992 convention it had been 20.  We had that on the brochure of cultivars that was made for the convention.  I still have a copy.
    My knees are 36 years older, and so is my back.
    Donna 
     title= wrote:

    One problem was the garden was enclosed with a high taxus hedge making it not visible to most park visitors.  The hedge looked good and I am sure helped protect the daffodils from the elements.  The diggers probably came after park workers had gone home – say dusk.  The garden started with one bed of about 125 cultivars – 3 each. At it’s peak it contained more than 1500 cultivars.  It was rather sad when Donna and I dug the last clump but again after 34 years also a relief it was over.  The weeds were a great problem that couldn’t seem to be solved and with our aging membership impossible to keep clean by digging.

    Naomi

  3. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio Mary Lou Gripshover says:

    Sorry, Donna.  It was in 1974, when Ruth Pardue was working with Mr. Hollenbeck of the city parks department.  I have the all the CODS newsletters.  I guess we fudged it a little on the convention brochure.
     
    Mary Lou

  4. Donna Dietsch says:
    Mary Lou!  I am shocked!!  And all these years no one owned up to the fudging.Oh well – 34 years then.  I joined CODS in ’77.
    Donna

    Mary Lou Gripshover < title=> wrote:

    Sorry, Donna.  It was in 1974, when Ruth Pardue was working with Mr. Hollenbeck of the city parks department.  I have the all the CODS newsletters.  I guess we fudged it a little on the convention brochure.
     
    Mary Lou