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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thimdoy, March 22, 1973 THE LEIHBRIDGE HERALO 3 Nelson Sullivan loves nature Junior gardeners have a friend By RUT1I ZAUGO Herald News Service Received his lessons by mall BILL GROENEN ptlotos Nelson Sullivan of Stirling entered his first horticul- tural show at 10 years of age. At 16 he took a corres- pondence cours wolf undergoes in taxidermy. Below, early stage in preservation. ,kull of black Record set at Manner NATAL Pcp- pard and his No. 3 crew set a record for rock production at Harmer recently. This Kaiser Resources Lim- ited crevs' produced cubic yards or tons in eight-hour shift. STIRLING A cyst grow- ing above the eye of a pet singing canary caused con- tinual fainting spells so ils owner, Nelson Sullivan of Sliding, put the bird to sleep with ether and, using taxi- dermy tools, operated, re- moving the cyst. Soon ailer, the bird was singing happily. Such a re- marliable accomplish m e r t doesn't seem so remarkable after meeting Mr. Sullivan. He is what would be called a real lover ol nature. Mounting of animals and being president of the Leth- bridge and District Horticul- tural Society, (and receiving many trophies, ribbons and millions for his come next in importance in his life to that of the enjoy- ment he and wife, Muriel, have in raising their family of seven children. Mr. Sullivan was raised in the Foremost area. He enter- ed his first horticulture show at 10 years of age At 16 he took a correspon- dent course in taxidermy. His summers were spent on earth moving in constructing roads. His winters, after school, were spent in taxi- dermy projects. These inter- ests grew. Following their marriage, the Sullivans moved to norlh- em Alberta and entered full scale on growing of vegeta- bles, flowers and fruit, and running a dairy business. After 16 years they moved to Lethbridge to a milder cli- mate so this interest of de- veloping plants of all varie- ties could be fulfilled. They went to work on the gardens. Within two years of planting, their yellow trans- parent apple produced fruit 3% inches across. His near trees were mini-type, not suit- able for canning, but good fresh eating CHAMPION The Sullivan gardens be- came so abundant with prod- uce and beauty they won the champion composite garden class at Lethbridge. He feels this is the hardest to win in the horticulture field. Mr. Sul- livan's gladiolus, dahlias and roses have received prizes in annual displays at the fair. He won the highly esteem- ed John Edgar Rannard me- morial trophy for roses. Mr. Sullivan has written a book concerning the proper kinds of roses for southern Alberta, their care and show- ing. He has also won the pro- vincial trophy of W. J Cardy from the Alberta Horticulture Society. He is ths holder of the Sir Joseph Banks medalof 1971 from the Royal Horticulture Society from England, re- ceiving the highest number oS points in the show. A 1972 gold medal was awarded tu him from the North American Gladiolus Council. For the past 10 years he has received ribbons and awards on his apple and plum trees. It seems his plants even co- operate with his showing, for on the opening of. last year's fair, his three-foot passion plant burst into flower, whi- ning a prize in the house-plant class of six. This famous Bi- ble story plant has a mar- velous scent and is most .un- usual in design with parts' of its flower.representing details of ihe life of Jesus. It is a very difficult plant to grow as it must have the same moderate temperature at all times. MOVES TO STIRLING After six years at Leth- bridge the family decided they wanted country living and five months ago moved to Stirling With them came 900 peren- nials, a quantity of popular tree cuttings, 250 hybrid tea roses, some house plant orange trees from. Tahiti, (whose small fruit is similar to Japanese oranges in tex- ture and rooms full of exoiic plants such as the Bird of Paradise, different rubber plants, and a beauty of a Chinese Orchid. There is a variety of cac- tus, one from Egypt, some from Mexico and an unusual redhead cactus that comes from Japan. Muriel Sullivan's kitchen is decorated with some lovely cyclamen plants that Mr. Sul- livan started by seed. This was done on his wife's heat- ing pad. They took three weeks to germinate. From then it took 18 months to bloom. These blooms last for more than two months. There are also lovely Eng- lish Primrose and an out- standing Impatiences plant given to them from a mis- sionary from Denmark The Sullivans plan to build a planetarium. It will have an indoor pool for his tropi- cal water plants and select fish. This pool will be built up of rocks he has collected for the past 10 years. These plans also include an indoor rose garden. The exotic ferns he now lias from England will grow 10 feet high. Mr. Sullivan.is also chair- man of Junior Gardens for tlrose 10 to 16 years of age. It is sponsored by the horti- culture society. Those inter- ested are given free seed, su- pervision, instruction and transportation to places of meetings Mr. Sullivan wants to em- phasize that horticulture is not limited totheyounger folks. Once at a fair in Ed- monton he was beat by seven points by a gentleman