08 Jun Things That Make You Go Hmmm… Water Tower Dogwood?
Inspired by our friend Billy Goodnick, creator of Crimes Against Horticulture: When Bad Taste Meets Power Tools, Things That Make You Go Hmmm… is a lighthearted look a the things we do in the name of landscaping and gardening.
It seems that being homesick can sometimes have its advantages, and such is the case for Waldo Fleegleflort, noted plant breeder and nurseryman.
Mr. Fleegleflort, raised in the midwest in small town america, experienced a major lifestyle change during his late teen years when his family moved east. Waldo found himself living the suburban lifestyle, and missing the simplicity and character of small town america. Yearning for the sights of his youth, Mr. Fleegleflort began to channel his energies into his growing nursery and plant breeding business, and in the 1960’s began introducing the gardening world to new and exciting cultivars.
One such introduction is ‘Water Tower’ Dogwood* (Cornus kousa ‘Water Tower’*). Water Tower Dogwood elegantly mimics the potable structures of Mr. Fleegleflorts youth. Needing very little maintenance (aside from an extensive pruning regimen), and relatively free from disease and pests, this cultivar adds a wonderful “cylindrical” interest to the garden, and as an added bonus, we get flowers! Well done Mr. Fleegleflort!
*Portions of this story may have been made up (#allofit). Furthermore, we believe that ‘Water Tower’ may actually be the result of either poor pruning technique, or Mr. Fleegleflort’s experiences with the 1960’s counter-culture. Neither can be confirmed at this time…