Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
An outline of the work of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society, pp. [xxiii]-xxiv PDF (330.9 KB)
AN OUTLINE OF THE WORK OF THE WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY The Wisconsin State Horticultural Society conducts field work at six- teen different points as indicated on the map. The work was begun in 1897 at Wausau for the purpose of testing the hardiness and adaptability of the different varieties of tree fruits in the northern or "cut-over" regions of the state. These orchards comprise 55 acres and 5445 trees in addition to two acres of grapes. The orchards at Wausau, Medford, Barron, Poplar and Maple are"Trial" Orchards, being for the purpose above indicated; the Sparta vineyard is also in this class. The remaining orchards are located in sections where tree fruits are known to thrive and are designed as "Model" or demonstration orchards to show the best methods of culture, best varieties for market, etc. An account is opened with each of the "Model" orchards with the con- fident expectation that a decided margin of profit will be shown at the end of 10 or 12 years. The orchards should then yield profitable crops for 20 years longer with but moderate expense for maintenance. In these two ways the Society hopes to demonstrate thejpossibilities of fruit growing in Wisconsin. The Society has recently (1909) undertaken the task of improving the grounds of the 7, 000 rural schools of the state. (See 1909 Arbor Day An- nual, p. 41.) A comprehensive plan has been adopted and the first steps taken. Additional Aims and Purposes of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society Organized in 1865, being the legitimate successor of the Western Fruit Growers' Association, which was organized in 1853. Chartered by the State of Wisconsin in 1871. Purely an educational institution. Its purpose the advancement of every. branch of horticulture through- out the state. Aims to accomplish this through publications, individual help and Con- ventions (two yearly).
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