In memory of Stan Farwig

Harold Koopowitz
Thu, 30 Oct 2003 17:46:30 PST
Mary Sue:
Dont you think it should be republished in Bulbs?

At 04:47 PM 10/30/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>Dear All,
>This week I received my copy of Mariposa, the newsletter of the 
>Calochortus Society. In it I read that Stan Farwig had died August 6th at 
>the age of 74. I have written about Stan before. He and his late partner, 
>Vic Girard, grew bulbs for a number of years in their back yard in 
>Concord, California. They were particularly interested in Calochortus and 
>bulbs of the southern hemisphere. They traveled, gathered seeds, studied 
>what others had written, and learned from their own experience. Both gave 
>lectures and I was fortunate to hear them both and their enthusiasm and 
>splendid photographs were instrumental in igniting a passion in me for 
>bulbs. It saddened me to learn that in 1990 when we had extremely cold 
>weather in California they had lost most of their "tender" bulb collection 
>(Calochortus survived). They never had the heart to start over after that 
>as so much of their collection had been grown from seed.
>When I heard Stan talk at a Symposium in Berkeley in September 1989 
>sponsored by the Friends of the University of California Botanical Garden, 
>he passed out a hand out entitled, "A Non-Concise Guide to the Cultivation 
>of Bulbs." My copy is well worn as I have reread it so many times. I have 
>also shared it with others after Stan gave me permission to do that. He 
>was always willing to provide information and encouragement. In that way 
>he is very much like Gordon Summerfield who so kindly shared his recent 
>talk with this group. It occurred to me that I could share this wisdom of 
>Stan's with everyone by adding his words to the wiki.  I think he would 
>have liked that. So I scanned in my worn paper and hopefully have 
>corrected all the words that the software couldn't quite figure out. If 
>you see any glaring mistakes (I didn't change any of his words or 
>punctuation) let me know.
>I think that this paper complements Gordon's words and also is very 
>relevant to our current topic of the week and to our recent posts about 
>Daubenya as well. Perhaps it speaks to me especially as I am always 
>curious, always full of questions and I can relate very much to his words 
>in the beginning, "The more I grow, the less I know." As the title 
>suggests, this is not a quick read, but a fascinating one and I think well 
>worth the time for anyone who is really interested in growing bulbs. I 
>suggest you print it out as you too may want to read it again some day.
>Mary Sue
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Prof. Harold Koopowitz
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Irvine, CA 92697

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