Jordan, William R., III (ed.) / Our first 50 years: the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum 1934-1984
Hasselkus, Edward R.
The longenecker horticultural gardens, p. 20
The Longenecker Horticultural Gardens by Edward R. Hasse/kus a USDA Regional Plant been published. Whitespire The first lilac was planted on Introduction project in which Japanese birch and Wisconsin Good Friday 1935. This marked more than 475 taxa of landscape creeping juniper have been the beginning of the Arboretum's plants have been cooperatively introduced to the nursery industry horticultural plantings for the evaluated in twelve north-central as new cultivars. display and testing of trees and states. As I look back over the past shrubs for Wisconsin and During the ' 60s the Tree Display five decades, I feel we have midwestern conditions. Executive area was developed. Among the reached or exceeded the visions of Director and Professor G. William first plantings was a collection of our founders. The Longenecker Longenecker, landscape architect North American oaks received Horticultural Gardens has joined and horticulturist, designed and from the Michaux Quercetum of the ranks of the respected executed these plantings with the Morris Arboretum in horticultural arboreta of North special emphasis on lilacs. Funds Philadelphia. The Autumn Purple America. Longenecker's master for planting stock were generously white ash was introduced into the plan assured that the plant supplied by the Madison Garden nursery industry by Longenecker. collections provided all visitors Club. During the ' 30s, the Civilian In June 1967, the horticultural with an esthetic experience, while Conservation Corps constructed plantings were dedicated as the G. at the same time providing the maintenance buildings, roads, William Longenecker Horticultural serious student or researcher with stone walls and fences, and Gardens in honor of their creator. an educational opportunity. provided the labor for planting Progress during the ' 70s In forty-nine years, the lilac and maintaining the new plantings. included the development of the plantings have grown to a total of A flowering crabapple collection Pinetum and the construction of more than 300 taxa — certainly was begun in 1942 with the the McKay Center. Printed guides one of the top lilac collections in financial assistance of Madison's to the lilac, crabapple and North America. Though not the Westside Garden Club. Their viburnum collections were largest, the flowering crabapple support continues to the present. prepared by Ken Wood. All of the collection is among the most up- Highlights of the ' SOs included plants in the Longenecker Gardens to-date and the most studied in the development of the viburnum were labelled with permanent the United States. In the early collection along Manitou Way and record labels for the first time. An years, planting stock was acquired the Shrub Display Garden. A explosion of the Arboretum's deer from any convenient nursery master plan of the remainder of population resulted in massive source, with little or no knowledge the horticultural gardens was damage to valuable plants from prepared by Longenecker in 1957. browse and antler rubbing. John He skillfully created pleasing vistas C. Van Camp, of Rockford, and a series of enclosed spaces Illinois, made a significant intended to lure the visitor from contribution of trees and funds for one area into another. About the the development of the Tree same time a young man named Display area. The Royal Botanical Eugene Moran began his career Garden, Hamilton, Ontario, here at the Arboretum. He and his helped update the "geriatric" lilac crews have worked diligently collection by providing rooted through the years to ensure the cuttings from their world famous success of this venture. William G. collection. Students began to McKay's bequests to the discover the Longenecker Gardens Arboretum and the Department of in larger numbers as enrollment Horticulture not only provided a soared in dendrology and vital facility, but provides landscape plants courses. continuing support for the So far in the decade of the ' 80s, Edward Hasseikus is Professor of evaluation of landscape plants. evaluations of the ground cover Horticulture at- the University of Since 1954 we have participated in junipers and the potentillas have Wisconsin-Madison. 20
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