Fourteen Garden Club members piled into three cars and drove 70 miles to Danielson CT to visit Logee’s Greenhouses. With great appreciation to Camilla B, Horticulture Chair we thoroughly enjoyed an amazing family owned greenhouse that has been in business since 1982. After our visit, during which many of us bought unique plants, Camilla led us to a nearby Thai restaurant, where they set out tables that took up half of the bar area for our gathering of happy gardeners.
Logee’s unique old greenhouses are a wonder where tropical and unusual plants have been growing since as early as 1900. One of the earliest is the “American WonderLemon”, a Ponderosa lemon tree that produces many lemons of up to 5 pounds each. Hundreds of thousands of propagations have been harvested from this single sprawling 117 year old tree.
Another large specimen is now called a citrus tree. It was planted in 1953 as a California navel orange tree but over the years 10 varieties of citrus fruits have been grafted on it, including tangerines, blood oranges, and grapefruit. It now serves as a source of cuttings. Probably the oldest tree is the kumquat, which was given to the family in the 1950’s by a woman in her 80’s who had the tree in her conservatory for most of her life. It started out in a pot, but broke through that; was given a box and broke through that to send its roots directly into the ground along with many other large trees in the largest, jungle like greenhouse.
Some of our members were lucky to happen upon a Logee’s employee airlayering a plant. They enjoyed an impromptu lesson in this method of propagation, while the rest of us wandered the greenhouses, enjoying many varieties of orchids, begonias, clerodendrum, jasmine, abutilon, anthurium, many kinds of fruit trees (figs, bananas, passion fruit, to name a few), herbs and other spectacular plants.
Thank you to Camilla who continues to organize horticultural events that inspire and educate us all.
Submitted by Donna Nowak