Hybridizer S. Frank Wood
London, Ontario, Canada
Wood, ( c.1930) was one of the charter members of the AIS in 1920. (CIS-N v22n3p71) Although he was listed as an AIS member until 1934 (CIS-N v22 n3 p72) the AIS Bulletin of April 1931 referred to him as the ‘late’ S. Frank Wood. He was described as having a plan to extensively hybridize and had begun to do so just before his death. (Researched by Don McQueen)
“With a foundation stock secured from the best sources in the world it is rather surprising that more has not been done in the way of raising seedlings but not only was this feature a long time in starting but, even now, there are few gardeners who grow many of their own. The late S. Frank Wood developed great enthusiasm in that respect and expressed himself to the writer as desiring no better fate than to have a whole acre of nothing but his own. Among those of his raising there are some of the very highest excellence though none have been introduced. His No. 426 is so much superior to 'Sou. de Mme. Gaudichau'
and along the same lines that no one would want the older kind when he had plenty of No. 426. 'Mrs. Francis Wood' was named before he even saw 'Queen Caterina'
, or the former 'Drapeau'
of Vilmorin, and is of exactly the same shade, and a most beautiful flower.” [AIS Bulletin No.39 p21 April 1931]
Tall Bearded: 'Mrs. Francis Wood'
-- Main.RPries - 2012-05-18