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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
A Cort Sinnes
David W May
A Garden of Roses
Illustration and article about "the rose garden at the residence of W. A. Pickering" at 3620 Janssen Place, "the largest rose garden in the state."
A New Era in Fruit Growing Has Outdated the Old Farm Orchard
Article with information about Norman Colman, founder of the Missouri State Horticulture Society in 1859, the "oldest farm organization west of the Mississippi river," and reorganizer of the Department...
A Place of Beauty
History of Tower Grove Park in Saint Louis, given to the city as a garden park by Englishman Henry Shaw in 1868, with photos and description of its planning and horticulture.
An 1876 Christmas Story
Photo of G. W. Stockham, "[t]he promoter of tree culture in Kansas City."
As Missourians Arranged Their Garden Flowers. ..
Photos and article about the flower arrangements being made by horticulturalists of the Kansas City area for their public display at "the Kansas City Garden Center, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri,"...
Biography of Sid J. Hare (1860-1938) and S. Herbert Hare (?-1960), Landscape Architects
Information on prize-winning, largest, and oldest trees in Missouri.
Country Club Plaza, Panorama
Panoramic Postcard of the Country Club Plaza
Dan Carpenter, Pioneer Merchant and Horticulturalist
Biographical article about Dan Carpenter (ca. 1826-1920), "a pioneer merchant and horticulturalist" raised in Plattsburg, Missouri and moving to Randolph, Missouri in 1845 and then Barry, Missouri (north...
Flora of Missouri
File contains articles about persimmons, a type of fruit growing on trees in Missouri.
Future Farmers of America
Photos, illustrations, and information on the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization, holding its national convention in Kansas City for 71 years until moving to Louisville in 1999.
File containing information about Missouri saxifrages, a genus of plant found in Missouri, unusual for the area and more common in the Southwest.
Indoor Gardening: When Indoor Plants Go Out
Photo and article about the "40-foot pergola" built by gardener Louanna Simmons of Kansas City at her house for her houseplants.
Jim Cardoza, Crown Center Inspirational Award Winner
File containing a photo and biographical article about Jim Cardoza, award-winning "Crown Center Hotel Landscape Supervisor" and a former horticulture major.
Kansas City Trees
March, March, April//1961, 1963, 1968
File contains the journal "Phytologica" with articles about the discovery and classification of tree species by Kendall Laughlin at Scarritt Point in Kessler Park (types of hickory) and Swope Park (types...
Lloyd C. Stark
Information about Lloyd Crow Stark, or Lloyd Stark (1886-1972), governor of Missouri in the 1930s (involved in the removal from power of Boss Tom Pendergast), War War I veteran, manager of the Stark Nurseries,...
Photos and article about the flower garden and landscaping at the residence of retired Kansas City engineer Marvin Snyder with several types of conifers, etc.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
Missouri Democracy: A History of the Party and Its Representative Members--Past and Present
Biographical sketch of S. Bryson Ayres, the "owner of a fine florist establishment at 1000 Grand avenue in Kansas City," and developer of two new species of flowers through experimental crossings, "celosia...
Missouri Family Enterprise Is 150: Apple Eaters Owe a Debt to Stark Nurseries
File contains an article about the history of the Stark Brothers apple nurseries (including their 1930s descendant Governor Lloyd C. Stark), starting in 1816 in southeastern Missouri and developing the...
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