Re: [gardeners] Do I have to own a suit to go to a funeral?

Jane Burdekin (
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 04:58:43 -0700

I'm so sorry about your loosing your friend and inspiration.  You can
continue on  in his field to keep his spirit alive.  No you don't have to
own a suit to attend the service.  Best wishes.  Jane 
>    A bit late to ask, by now, as it was when I found out half the faculty
> in the department were gone Wednesday to John Pair's funeral down in
> A little late as well to ask about working with him on several uncommon
> plants that seem to have merit for the Southern Plains.
>    John who? Oh, well, he had his share of fame: high-end awards from
> ASHS (Am. Soc. for Horticultural Science) and no doubt others.  You can't
> have failed to see his name while delving into Dirr's Manual of Woody
> Landscape Plants.
>    I only met him twice. Once years ago at a Wichita Hort Research Center
> field day, plus one Saturday morning a few years later when I wandered in
> because the gate was open, and he was out in the plantings taking notes.
>    Those occasions stick in my mind in part because they were among the
> long conversations with an intelligent person I _had_ back in those days
> and maybe because he was the only person who ever actually encouraged me
> go into horticulture.
>    "Inspiration" is no doubt too strong a term - I probably take that
> better than I do advice - but...  aw, hell, I don't suppose in the last
> years of his life he would've liked to know he'd had some part in
> someone to professional horticulture who could envision worse careers
> taking much the same kind of work he did into the next century.