Posted 02 December 2010 - 12:16 AM
In September he created a foundation to support the living collections at the Arboretum. For those who can, I encourage you to contribute to the Raymond F. Baker Fund for Grounds and Living Collections at the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum.
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 04:29 PM
I am so very sad to hear that. Ray will truly be missed. With his knowledge, dedication and his very unique sense of humor he was most definitely a one-of-a-kind guy. A number of years ago a small group of members from the Hawaii Island Palm Society flew from Hilo to Honolulu and we spent the weekend there. Ray was our guide and we visited Ho'omaluhia, Lyon (of course!) and Foster Botanical Garden. What a weekend! And to say that we couldn't have had a better guide than Ray would be the understatement of the century! That one weekend, from a palm perspective AND just having a great time in general, easily surpassed almost all Biennials I have attended. I also had the pleasure of spending some time with Ray on those occasions when he visited Hilo and the Big Island.
Definitely a very sad occasion. Thanks for letting us know.
Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:02 PM
Big Pine Key, Florida | 24° 40' N 81° 21' W | elev. 3 ft.
Zone 11b | Calcareous substrate
60-year avg annual min. approx. 48F
Jan avg approx. 65/75F, July 83/88F
Historical extreme low: approx. 41F
Natchez, Mississippi | 31° 33' N 91° 24' W | elev. 220 ft.
zone 9a | Downtown/river-adjacent microclimate | Loess substrate
80-year avg annual min. approx. 23F / Last 7 winters: 24 | 27 | 22.8 | 23.3 | 24.1 | 18.4F | 22.7F (2010-11) / airport/outlying area: 8b/19F annual min
Jan avg approx. 43/61F, July 73/93F
Historical extreme lows: 2.5F 1899; 4F 1940; 5F 1989
Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:54 AM
and The Rainforest Collection.
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