Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Report of secretary, pp. 77-86 PDF (2.1 MB)
WINTER MEEING. . 83 COUNTY FAIRS. 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. FARM INSTITUTES. 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. SCHOOL GROUNDS IMPROVEMENT. 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 years. 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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