The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 29, 1975 · Page 7
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 7

Des Moines, Iowa
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Friday, August 29, 1975
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Frl., Aug. 29, 1975 • DES MOINE9 REGISTER / 7 Her garden 'more than a garden' MARIGOLDS Continued from Page One poof, like that, but I'm going to blow some of it foolishly. If I had children or grandchildren who needed to be educated, it would be different, but they're all in good shape, so, I'm going to spend some of it." Mrs. Vonk, who has eight children, 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild, started her first garden the same year that David Burpee began his search for'a white marigold. Deep Orange At that time, the nearest thing to the elusive white was a deep orange. "I thought of offering the $10,000 in 1920, but I thought that's not fair, it might be impossible," said Burpee. So for the next 34 years, Burpee and his company plant breeders pies of her whitest flowers ev-feeling down, I just go out worked to develop a pure white flower. In 1954, Burpee said, the company decided to offer the prize and get home gardeners to help in the development. By then, a lemon yellow was the closest to white. Mrs. Vonk sent her first seeds to Burpee for testing in the initial year of the prize offering. Except for bad gardening years, she has sent in sam- ery year. "I'm one of those people who will try anything." she said. "If you don't try, you don't ever succeed. "I didn't work hard at it; it was fun. . . It's * thing I can do and I liked the challenge," she said. Asked what her favorite flower is, Mrs. Vonk replied: "The marigold is now." Mrs. Vonk, who is of Dutch more than just a garden. "It's my golf and my tennis and my pills — when I get to there and dig all day long. Then I don't need no pills. Besides, when you work things out that way, you always get something back — like flowers or vegetables/' Spent $250,000 The Burpee seed company, whose catalogues are like a harbinger of spring when they arrive in 4 millton homes every J a n u a f y , spent more than $250,000 on research and testing of seeds sent in by gardeners before awarding Mrs. Vonk $10,000 Thursday. Since 1954 more than 8,200 gardeners have sent seeds to the company, which distributes its catalogues and seeds throughout the country. Leading Advocate David Burpee has devoted much of his life's work to the marigold. He, along with the late Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, has been a leading advocate of the marigold for America's national flower. Until 1919, the sweet pea was the leading flower in the country. But this year a fungus disease nearly wiped out that flower, and Burpee turned his attention to the marigold. "I was looking for a class of flower to serve as the leader," he said., And the marigold, he explained, is easy to grow, and will do well in every state in the country. Now that a white flower has been found — the firm says it is the costliest flower ever — it will be at least two years before seed will be available to the public. Fight to save rabies victim LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (AP) — A 13-year-old rabies victim who lapsed into a coma last week remains in critical condition, her breathing and circulation supported by machines as doctors fight to save her life. The unidentified girl underwent surgery Wednesday to relieve pressure, on her brain at County-USC Medical Center in an effort to sustain her body, functions, officials said. '' Going INGERSOLL 74.2111 • I1HH fUURat 7:30.9:45 35 y, outrageous f and irreverent." -PLAYBOY MAGAZINE THFMOST HILARIOUS WILDEST MOVIE IS HERE! at. NOWI 2 WOODY ALIIN CAPRI m « i. ii i -\ii mLr WOW! WOODY! 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