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The Days of DDT and Roses

Articles: The Days of DDT and Roses

As part of our continuing celebration of silver, honoring twenty-five years of Pacific Horticulture, our editor offers some thoughts on the origins of the magazine and its contribution to Western horticulture. This is the first of two articles.
In the Journal of the California Horticultural Society, a precursor to Pacific Horticulture launched in 1940, a record can be found of changes in Western gardening brought about by weather patterns, war, technology, the local economy, global ecology, and the vagaries of fashion. From its pages, I have an impression of innovations throughout the twentieth‑century and how they affected gardening and horticulture. Among the changes was a transition from preoccupation with the science and technology of plant breeding and disease control, to a greater interest in what nature herself has to offer gardeners. This should not astonish us; after all, it follows a general movement towards the use of organic methods among gardeners and increasing environmental concern among Americans at large. Much was written in early issues of the Journal on hybridizing daffodils, primulas, delphiniums, and other popular garden plants, but by the 1970s gardeners were...

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