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
Plant Propagation in the
First Anderson Garden
Before Bob propagated rhododendrons
from cuttings, he collected them from the wild in Appalachia,
and shipped them up to Springfield by the boxcarload. Betty is
shown here with one of the first specimens, a r. catawbiense.
Bob learned an effective method
of rooting rhododendrons from Guy Nearing in Pennsylvania. The
Nearing Frames (white triangles at left) are 3 by 12 foot shaded
boxes with glass covers. Bob also used Nearing Frames in Enumclaw,
but added bottom heat. Most of the plants in the Enumclaw garden
came from these frames.
After a year in the Nearing
Frame, the rooted cuttings were placed in 5 by 12 foot boxes
covered by snow fencing. (Since snow fencing was not available
in Enumclaw, he covered the boxes with spaced lath.) A year or
two after that, Bob planted them in a field behind the house,
where he raised them until they were sold.