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Richard E. Widmer, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
This manuscript is dedicated to my wife Muriel Elizabeth for her constant support throughout my professional life.
Gathering information for this publication required the kind cooperation of several hundred individuals who were contacted directly, by telephone and by mail. The author also appreciated the use of Minnesota State Historical Society facilities, Minneapolis Park Board Archives (Mary Lerman), St. Paul Park Boarb Archives (Claire Martin), Iron Range Resource Center (Julie B. Smith), Minnesota State Horticultural Society records (Dorothy Johnson), Mower County Historical Society (Monica M. Lonergan), Blue Earth County Historical Society (Carol Oney), Becker County Historical Society (Becky Olerud), Marvin Miller of the George Ball Company, Alvi Voigt, retired agricultural economist at Penn State University, and James Brewster of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Washington, D.C.
The author also appreciated the assistance provided by staff of the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science in keyboarding this manuscript. This publication was produced for the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, with design and production management by Larry A. Etkin, experiment station senior editor, Educational Development System, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Cover graphics courtesy: Gerald Neilsen, Stanley Hampl, Al Gerdin and Gerald McKay.
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This report presents a representative cross section of the individuals, organizations and units that have contributed to and been a part of Minnesota floriculture since its inception in 1851 through 1995. No attempt has been made to present an all-inclusive report, nor have any portions or individuals been intentionally omitted.
For the most part, information in this report is presented in chronological order. However, individual segments of floriculture are sometimes presented for a series of years for smoother reading. In other instances, data for the various segments is intermixed in an attempt to provide a clearer picture.
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