Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lee speaks to the Missionary Ridge Garden Club . . .

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Missionary Ridge is a famous Civil War battlefield in Chattanooga TN. Missionary Ridge, site of the Battle of Missionary Ridge, a battle in the American Civil War, fought on November 25, 1863. Union forces under Maj. Gens. Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and George H. Thomas routed Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg and lifted the siege of the city.

Missionary Ridge runs basically north-south for several kilometers and varies in width from a few meters to over 200 meters, with very steep, nearly vertical sides that rise over 100 meters from the ground surrounding it. Missionary Ridge was so named for the early missionaries who made their way along paths climbing the ridge on their way to Brainerd Village to the settlement of the Cherokee. It was also referred to as "Mission Ridge" in the early years.

The Ridge today is an affluent residential area with many plaques and monuments to the battle, some of which are in the yards of residents, but most of the larger of which are surrounded by small reservations which are part of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, administered by the U.S. National Park Service. Crest Road follows the summit of the ridge for nearly its entire length.
 Missionary Ridge, as viewed from Lookout Mountain. The ridge is the sharp divide in the middle of the picture, the Smoky Mountains are in the far background.

Today, Jean and I had the privilege of presenting a daylily program to members of the Missionary Ridge Garden Club. What a pleasure to introduce many of these ladies to our favorite flower, the daylily. The 30 plus in attendance were attentive and asked several questions. I do enjoy presenting to all types of clubs, including Garden Clubs and Master Gardeners. It is always exciting to see them introduced to the "New Daylily." Here is a picture of me getting started.
In this picture, I am showing the tip of a pistil that has been pollenated.

Our thanks to Marilyn Humpert and Linda McFalls, Program Co-Chairman for inviting Jean and me to visit this august group.

Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!

Life is very, very good.


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