Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on May 27, 1957 · Page 35
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 35

Logansport, Indiana
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Monday, May 27, 1957
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Monday Evening, May 27, Rooftop Gardening Has Many New York Converts NEW YORK (UP)—Manhattan is full of the bucolics as well as Broadway'-ites. Home gardeners abound all over town, although it takes an V.evator or helicopter ride to see '.he re: suits of their spading. Most of the gardens are on apartment house rooftops and terraces. Among the most ardent gresn thumbers are the 28 men and women in the Rooftop Garden So- ciety, an informal organization which grew from a grop attending lectures at the New iTork Horticultural Society. '\Vhen the lectures were finished, Uie group organized to exchange gardening ideas. I They garden for love as well as I results, and frown on the pent; house dweller who hires all the ! work done. ' Members grow everything from spirea to squash, from chrysan- themums to crab apple. Mrs. Edmund Lord, wife of an advertising executive, each season cultivates tomatoes, carrots, and radishes along with flowers and shrubs on her terrace overlooking the Hudson River. 104 Kinds of Trees President of Uie society is freelance writer Hal Lee, the "man •with the hose" instead of hoe. He explained rooftop garden leaves must be washed- daily if the plants are to "breathe" through the city's smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, and incinerator ash. Lee's garden, in a one-sixth acre setting 11 stories' above the street, is one of the most complete in the whole town. In eight years, he and his wife, Babs, a magazine beauty editor, have gathered more than 1,000 varieties of plants — some tropical, some evergreen, some grown from the seed .each season. • Lee estimated he owns 104 varieties of trees—including a couple of weeping willows, a cherry tree which he would harvest, if the birds didn't beat him to the fruit, and a crab apple named "Irene," which bears each season. "Until this year, I had a strawberry bed,", said Lee. "We- used to gather all we could eat .'. . but this spring I put in hybrid roses. They will be prettier all summer long," Rooftop gardening has a set of problems all its own—such as trying to get ivy to scale a wall, 1 despite the wind's efforts to pre- j vent It. One society member used ' modeling clay to hold the tender new shoots against the brick. Now all other members use the method; I... choosing clay to match the ! color of the brick or other surface. Insects also plague penthouse] I plants. Lee said he had on oc.ca- ! I sion spotted tomato worms.big"as | one of those balloons in the Macy's •parade. How Uhey got that high, he hasn't figured. Cost also can be prohibitive — ! although members of the society shop the whole East Coast for nursery bargains. Even so, dirt is expensive — 5 cents' a pound in small quantities, $1.50 for 100- pound lots, delivered right to penthouse. "I figure I have a couple thousand dollars just in dirt," said Lee. "How much in the whole garden? Oh, I'd say the cost of a Cadillac!'" Logansport, Indiana, Pharos-Tribune Three Add To Highway System WASHINGTON (UP)—A Senate Public Works subcommittee has voted to add,another 7,000 miles to the proposed 41,000-mile interstate highway system. , The subcommittee also approved a program aimed at 1 keeping the great interstate highway system clear of billboards. Machine Turns Out Report Cards CHICAGO — Teachers are going to have more time to teach at the suburban Proviso Township High School. A mechanical record - keeping system has been set up to lighten teachers' bookkeeping and turn out report cards for the school's 4,200 students. Under the former system, four different persons — the classroom teacher, homeroom teacher, permanent records clerk .and counselor — had to copy grades. Now the teacher will make a "sense" grade marking with a spe- cial electrographic pencil. Coun- sellors will "sense-mark" a special absence and tardiness card for each student. Thes*e markings for grades and attendance will be sensed by automatic equipment. The machines will pick up additional data from a master information card for each student and a master class card. And out will pop printed report cards. Vary that plain recipe for drop, ped cookies by substituting brown sugar for half the white sugar called for, by using grated orange rind instead of vanilla, or by spicing with cinnamon and nutmeg. Fasnacht's for the ninth consecutive year is the Graduate's Choice for the finest Sterling ant I Silver'plate A few, of this yaar'i graduatos selecting their silverware at Fasnacht's Include: standing (loft to right) Joan Norzinskay, Sherry Tuckor, Pat Bakar, Jill Blllman, Sharon Nehor, Both Brumbaugh, Erika Esser, Madonna Gulcken, Nancy Jackson, Sue Newton, Carolyn Bailey, Patty Pasquale and (seated) the Ricciardl Twins, Madeline and Marilyn. Select Your Sterling Gift for the Graduate Now— Help them to build their set of Silver with perhaps another ^iOtyen teaspoon or a place setting in the pattern of their choice. We " have their selection registered for your convenience. ry V (aymulil\ L\\IW SECOND DOOR EAST STATE THEATRE FREE DELIVERY WHERE QUALITY REIGNS SUPREME LOGANSPORT PUBLIC LIBRAE

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