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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Cranefield, F.
Report of secretary,   pp. 77-86 PDF (2.1 MB)

Page 83

WINTER MEEING.     .              83
Judges appointed by this Society served at 31 County Fairs
in 1909 and, in every case reported, with entire satisfaction.
It is doubtful if there is any other way in which we can expend
$350.00 ,the approximate cost of the work, to better advantage.
The work has been continued along the same lines as in the
past two years and our representative D. E. Bingham is again
in the field expounding the gospels of tillage and spraying.
A new line of work was inaugurated during the past year, the
improvement of the rural school grounds of Wisconsin. At the
Jan. 1909 meeting of the Executive Committee the sum of
$500.00 was appropriated for this work and following a plan
outlined by the committee four schools were selected for improve-
ment as follows: Branch, Manitowoc Co.; Sevastapol, Door
Co.; South Lancaster, Grant Co.; Lyons, Sauk Co.
In each case trees and shrubs were planted after plans fur-
nished by the Horticultural Dept. of the Agricultural College.
By the terms of a contract executed in each case the Society
furnished the plan and material for planting as well as cost
of superintendence, free, the school board assigning to the
Society the control of the grounds so far as tree planting or
renewal of trees and plants is concerned for a period of ten
These schools and others which may be selected are to be
used as object lessons or demonstration centers in the same
way as our demonstration orchards. The plan is comprehen-
sive and if in ten years we are able of accomplish as much
toward the beautification of the school grounds of Wisconsin
as we have in fruit work by our trial orchards, we will have
cause for gratification; if ten or twenty years hence the rural
schools of Wisconsin shall have changed in aspect from the
utter neglect and desolation which now characterizes so many
of them, to brighter, cleaner and more cheerful surroundings,
the members of this Society may have a just cause for pride
in knowing that the work was started by this organization.

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