The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 20, 1968 · Page 13
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, November 20, 1968
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Hour Stroll In Park A Step Toward Knowledge Of Nature to k3K t: A YOUNG NATURE "RIDER" - The youngster in his mother s arms joins in giving undivided attention as Mr. DeBellevue explains the structure of a Hibiscus flower on a recent morning plant walk. r FOR OMEN Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1968-13 BIRD WALK MEMBERS - They see a Spotted Breasted Oriole in Dreher Park. Tour director Edward DeBellevue explains this native of the West Indies was first seen on the Florida Mainland in Miami and has moved up the Gold Coast as far as West Palm Beach. Six of the Orioles with the black and orange coloring of Baltimore Orioles have been found living in Dreher Park. By IRENE GONASSON Staff Writer "Someone had to pick the first tomato and apple to prove it was edible." Edward DeBellevue reminds you. And the study of biology has been going on ever since. Edward, an enthusiastic 19-year-old native of West Palm Beach, is a first year biology student at Palm Beach Junior College. It was he who convinced E. D. Onstott, director of the Science Museum and Planetarium, to expand the museum's program to include the natural sciences. That part was easy. After that Ed had to convince Mr. Onstott that he was the man to conduct the program. And so the nature walks were born each Saturday in Dreher Park. In the morning from 10 to 11 Ed leads his students through the Park sharing with them his interest in the plant life that abounds there. In the afternoons from 4 to 5 bird life holds the spotlight. Although still a student Ed has already steeped himself in knowledge of the local flora and fauna during three summers as nature-conservation director at Camp Tanah-Keeta. the Boy Scout Camp in Jupiter. "Most museums are located in the heart of the city and are unable to conduct nature study programs conveniently." he'll tell you. Each of his new walkers is given a long list entitled "Common Wild Edible Plants of Palm Beach County." It's an imposing list he can only touch on briefly but it's guaranteed to expand vour knowledge beyond the Coconut Palm. Walking with Ed you'll learn that the native cabbage palm has distinctive "boots." The diagonal lattice work encircling a portion of the trunk is no more than dead stubs of fronds the palm tree has discarded in its upward growth. An Africal Tulip a tall flowering tree is pointed out in the distance, its red-orange blossoms show up distinctively though surrounded by trees. The tree is easily mistaken for the Royal Poinciana. if. as a newcomer, you have already been introduced to the brilliant hues of the latter in bloom. You've heard the name "Melaleuca." And you've seen the tree sometimes growing tall and regal, sometimes trimmed down. This is the tree youngsters in Palm Beach County have called the "paper tree" for years, as they exchanged notes written in ballpoint pen on its paper-resembling bark. Ed stops at a low cluster of plants and identifies the Century Plant and the Aloe source of aloe juice products, highly recommended for sunburn and cuts. Nearby is the Oleander which sometimes has pink flowers, sometimes white. But both can prove fatal if used to make wiener roasting sticks. The smoke from burning dried Oleander bushes can also be fatal, your tour guide points out, adding, "This is one of the reasons behind the ordinance forbidding burning of dried shrubs. The plant walks also help answer questions a homeowner might ask about landscaping. "Most people tend to overlook the native plants. Many of them are nice for landscaping. The Cocoplum is gaining popularity with nurseries now," your guide explains. Dreher Park's profusion of plant life attracts thousands of birds in their annual migrations. "The red flower that looks exactly like a powder puff is one of the many flowers that attract birds. Orioles and humming birds are especially fond of this one," Ed notes. "We are still getting land birds, but water birds are beginning to appear. Ducks have started and will increase through late November and December." he notes. No advance registration is necessary to join the free plant and bird walks which are open to. the public of all ages. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes that will shed water, as the nature trails are son -times wet. The current series of nature walks will continue through December 14. However, no walks are scheduled for the Saturday immediately following Thanksgiving Day. If1 ' T ; i , l'-V jr. 1 1 ' V ''- ' 1 A 4" V v 1 fc '-j : ..." I f Xr .. mmi, wSr" in j mil' nir' "f jjuHniwiiir-""" ' Sfc 4" A WO- Tr"""-'-"M .imritiiiiii i - - -.n.. mm,, fcmtwi.iiiirf f BRILLIANT RED BERRIES The Brazillian Pepper, commonly known as Florida Holly, is inspected by Edward DeBellevue and Doug MacDonald, of Lake Worth, one of his students. The red berries remain bright through December and are a favorite food of robins arriving in Florida with the thousands of other birds in their southward migration many to winter in Dreher Park attracted by its profuse vegetation. Photos By Mort Kaye CAUTION! Edward DeBellevue sketches the vertical, catlike pupil of poisonous snakes and the round pupil of harmless snakes on the blackboard. He instructs courses on birds, reptiles and astronomy, currently in session at the Science Museum for junior high and high school students. Z1 Mrs. Young Finds Something New To Contribute To Area Horticulture V from a plant ... and so, this tree, in the kapok family, did, with a large fluffy mass of the kapok. The seeds Mrs. Young planted in fertilized pots, two hundred-and-twenty-five of them, came up in three days and grew into four inches in less than a week. The enthusiastic discoverer of rare beauty feels if this years tree follows the expected pattern, she may be able to start or give away hundreds of these gorgeous trees. She says with a good-natured laugh, she will not have lived in vain if she adds these to the hortic ult ure of West Palm. Gardeners Interested in the chorisia are told it is a larger tree than some wish in their yards, but can be controlled by trimming. The largest Chorisia known by Mrs. Young is on the Coachman place near Clearwater, about 50 years old. In Stuart is a Chorisia tree on the Swinglehurst property and the Christian Science church has one. The well-known Montgomery tree Is of a much different kind, more likely a true Chorisia. Mrs. Young's tree is possibly a child of the Montgomery tree, since she bought it in Miami. Passersby can see the tree peeking above the backyard of the Young home . . .symbolic of the quest of every gardener. Exotic, tantalizing, and majestic. By VEDA GRAVES Staff Writer Nothing thrills a true gardener more than to have something rare which thrives, and which they 'Can share joyfully with others. That is why Margaret (Mrs. O.E.) Young, founder of West Palm Beach Garden club, hopefully watched over black seeds she planted. They aren't ordinary seeds. But those of Chorisia Speciosa, a rare tropical tree sometimes found in Florida, Texas, California, Argentina, Brazil and Guatemala. Her tree, in the backyard of her home at 925 Paseo Palmera, West Palm Beach, is about ten inches in diameter, and twelve years old. It blooms magnificently every year. The tree's blossoms are brilliant pink, look like Hibiscus, and have five petals opening into a heart of white and red. Bees just love it, but are not necessary to its propagation, apparently. Margaret Young said last year's seeds looked like large avocados. When they opened, imagine her delight to see the fine sections part. They resembled, within, a bunch of white satin grapes. Any devoted gardener looks for a miracle to burst forth MRS. O.E.YOUNG The Smart Set Off They Went For Weekend L'ngaro leather coat. Carrie wore Adolfo's black officer's coat. Jerome Zipkiin, the new York real estate tycoon and wit, was bundled up in suede. And Joel blew everyone's mind in his navy blue Daniel Boone fringed suede jacket and silver belt. I mean, if you're going to go shooting go! On Sunday Lord Lichfield personally conducted his guest on a tour of Shugborough ("It has more bedrooms than Blenheim") and they all looked at the family portraits and the plaster busts and the marble figures and the Chinese mirror pictures and the Louis XVI parquetry jardiniere and the giltwood barometer and the Regency tulipwood bow-fronted commode and the blue drawing room and the red drawing room and the stain-wood cabinet with glazed doors and all the Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Edwin Land-seer pictures and the Wedge-wood Queen's Ware sauce tureen decorated with views of Shugoorough and then they hopped into cars, drove into London, regrouped for late dinner at Mr. Chow and sighed "divine, divine," at least a hundred times. are really something. Honey-colored, beautifully mannered, they are constantly at Lord Lichfield's heels or lying at his feet. They even behave in the dining room, never leaping at a joint of beef or crunching an ankle. Dear Lord Lichfield, knowing the traditional thinness of America blood, popped extra heaters into every room, the darling. Of course, it blew all the fuses, but that's life in the country. The servants scurried to fetch candelabra, and soon Shugborough was bathed in candlelight. Swoony. Just swoony. Saturday night dinner was a gas. Lord Lichfield, only 29 and so romantic looking, wore a combination black velvet and tapestry jacket, a lace shirt, diamond cuff links and long russet-colored hair. His sister. Lady Elizabeth Anson, wore black velvet and lace, heaven with her long auburn hair and peaches and cream complexion. Robin Butler, the beautiful blonde New York fashion editor on whom his lordship is terribly keen, was sensational in black velvet and a Van Cleef and Arpels belt. Joel Schumacher, the young American designer, was there in his brown velvet suit with ISy SUZY Shugborough in Staffordshire is the stately home of Patrick. Earl of Lichfield, blue-blooded photographer, decorative member of the international set and very fanc dresser. Milord Lichfield, hospitabl to a fault, asked some of hi: stunning American friends l weekend at Shugborough anr oh my goodness, they snappei at the invitation. Dressed to the teeth am with ever so many glad rags packed in their luggage, they flew off from New York with happy hearts and leather coats. It was rather a gamey weekend. There was pheasant for dinner. There was duck Friday night, grouse on Satur-d.iv night and. for Sunday-lunch, they all gnawed on venison. To begin at the beginning: When the trendy little group arrived in Staffordshire from London they were met by Gino. Lord Lichfield's chauffeur, in gray livery and a white Land Rover. At Shugborough. Lord Lichfield, surrounded by his Labrador retrievers Bradshaw. Pasha and Bruno awaited them. Bradshaw, Pasha and Bruno his big black artists-and-mod-els bow tie. Delicious Carrie Donovan, still another editor in the wonderful world of New York fashion, wore a brown velvet tunic and wide trousers belted in turquoise and gold. Chessy (Mrs. William) Ray-ner. the tall young New York socialite noted for her individuality and flair, wore a long black skirt, a lace shirt and a black waistcoat. Mica (Mrs. Ahmet) Ertegun, another darling in the Manhattan social and fashion firmament, wore her black glittery St. Laurent pantysuit. It was all too beautiful with the candlelight playing on the velvet and all. After dinner everyone repaired to the red lacquered game room to watch a movie. Gad. And let us not forget the shoot -the-shoot! There wasn't a lot of gunning, but such a delicious lunch in an old farm house on the estate. Everyone ate off old wooden tables and drank hot mulled wine. The men wore corduroy knickers and leather and plaid socks and marvelous hats. Lord Lichfield was a vision in a bottle green cape and a beatup bottle green hat surrounded by his honey-colored dogs. Chessy wore her green antelope coat. Mica wore her til v ' i A KING'S BOUQUET The rare tropical tree, Chorisia Speciosa, is in the backyard of Mrs. 0. E. Young at 925 Paseo Palmera, West Palm Beach. It is in spectacular bloom.

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