Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1920
Vol. L (1920)
Blaine, J. J.
Address of welcome, pp. -26 PDF (911.2 KB)
TRANSACTIONS OF THE Wisconsin State Horticultural Society ADDRESS OF WELCOME HON. J. J. Bumxz, Attorney-General. Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen; Members of the State Horticultural Society: At the request of your officers I have been invited to extend to you as delegates and members of the State Horticultural Society a welcoming hand on behalf of the state. I assume, following the usual custom, that a resident of the capital city representing the state is the proper person to ex- tend this welcome. However, I am only a temporary resident of the capital city, and I feel that in welcoming you on behalf of the state I am welcoming you on behalf of yourselves, for the reason that such men and women as you make up the state of Wisconsin. So on your own behalf, as well as on behalf of each of us, we are all welcome to participate in the enjoyment that we may receive in meeting here with the State Horticultural Society. It is, indeed, a pleasure to have an opportunity to meet to- gether in such a splendid undertaking as the development of horticulture. I am not a specialist in horticulture. I have fol- lowed it very largely as a means of recreation, and, indeed, hor- ticulture affords very pleasant recreation. There is a certain amount of grafting that is permissible in horticulture, but it is the grafting of the progressive and con- structive kind, where you by a process make two buds grow where only one grew before, and make two or more kinds of
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