[Fwd: North Tisbury Azaleas]
Regarding your recent inquiry about sources for North Tisbury hybrids, I contacted the Polly Hill Arboretum and asked if they maintained a list of sources. See the response below. Good luck.
Happy New Year.
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Subject: North Tisbury Azaleas Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 09:53:52 -0500 From: Tom Clark <Tom@...> To: <bill@...>
Unfortunately we don’t have an up-to-date list of commercial sources for any of Polly’s introductions. Several years ago a summer intern researched this and came up with a list. I will try and track it down and send it to you, but it is, of course, dated and incomplete, but it may give you some leads.
I might suggest a search on the internet. One other thought would be to track down the most recent copy of the Anderson Horticultural Library’s Source List of Plants and Seeds. This is a University of Minnesota publication that comes out every three or four years. The most recent copy we have is the 5th edition form 2000. You should be able to track it down at an arboretum or botanic garden library or a specialist plant society library. Alternatively, the Anderson Library maintains a searchable database at https://plantinfo.umn.edu/arboretum/default.asp I entered a couple of the North Tisbury Azaleas and came up with several nurseries. This latter option may be the most productive approach.
Sadly, many of Polly’s 80 plus introductions (Rhododendron, Cornus, Stewartia, Ilex, and others) are not widely grown nor are they widely available. A few of the North Tisbury Azaleas, such as ‘Joseph Hill’ and ‘Michael Hill’ are in the mainstream but most are not. We are making efforts to get more of her plants into the trade, but it is a slow process.
Anyway, I hope this information is helpful, and I will forward to you the old source list if I can track it down.
Thomas E. Clark
Collections & Grounds Manager
The Polly Hill Arboretum
P.O. Box 561
809 State Road
West Tisbury , MA 02575
Tel. (508) 693-9426
Fax. (508) 693-5772