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Flower Power: 1925

Flower Power: 1925

March 9, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Among the first to visit the 1925 Amaryllis Show at the government greenhouses on B Street was the new Secretary of Agriculture William M. Jardine." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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William Jardine

Jardine was later the president of the University of Wichita (now Wichita State University.) The old liberal arts building on campus is named for him.


Have at it!

Jungle Reds

Washington Post, March 8, 1925.

Amaryllis Show Opens This Morning

The twelfth annual amaryllis show of the Department of Agriculture will be opened at 9 o'clock this morning in the department greenhouses at Fourteenth and B streets northwest.

The show this year will include 1,100 plants, ranging in color from the deep, rich red of the jungle to the pure white flowers which are the product of years of breeding. Each of the plants has from one to four flower stems, on each of which there are from two to six flowers or buds.

The show will continue eight days and will be open to the public from 9 o'clock in the morning until 9 at night.

Wise Byrnes, head of the greenhouses, will have charge. “It is largely due to his work and that of his father, who preceded him, that these flowers and the chrysanthemums which will be shown in the autumn, have been perfected to their present state of size, color and form,” the Department declared.


What you see here can only be described as irony

Handling the new job

As a new Secretary, Bill did not yet know all the rules.

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