Early B&W Pictures: The Stone House Interior Construction The Builder Early Family Garden Pictures
Early Slides: Background Spring in the Garden Other Seasons Propagation Specimens The Stone House
Prehistory (before the
first Anderson Garden)
After receiving a degree in
forestry from Yale in 1907, Bob's father John was appointed by
Gifford Pinchot, Secretary of Agriculture, to tour the country
promoting conservation. He liked the concept but not the public
speaking, so he started a blueberry farm and rhododendron nursery.
While he was a speaker, he met many farmers in Virginia and North
Carolina who had native rhododendrons growing in their pastures.
Chewed down by cows, they became very dense. John dug up these
rhododendrons by the boxcar load to clear the farmers' fields,
and shipped the plants north for sale. Bob joined him on several
of these trips, and later continued the practice himself.
Nancy is pictured above in front of a r. catawbiense, that
John Anderson, Bob's father and my grandfather, had collected
from the Appalachian mountains. This picture was taken at my
grandparents' home in Mount Holly, New Jersey, in 1940, three
years before I was born. Below is a stand of r. catawbiense
in the mountains of North Carolina.