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A documentary inspired by a painting of an oak in Israel.
Ezra Barnea | Oct 10, 2020
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Plant Focus

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A guest post by Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants podcast and blog

Obituaries

Bob Berry (1916-2018)

Bob Berry, renowned oak collector and longtime member of the IOS, died August 2, 2018 at the age of 102 in Gisborne, New Zealand. Bob described himself as a sheep and cattle farmer who collected trees as a hobby. His life’s work is Hackfalls Arboretum, a 50-ha plantation of trees and shrubs comprising over 3,000 taxa from 478 genera, including the largest oak collection in the Southern Hemisphere (453 accessions, c 160 taxa) and one of the finest collections of Mexican oaks anywhere. 

Ed Holm (1930 - 2018)

Ed Holm lived in Redwood City, California and was born on 4 September 1930 and died 1 January 2018.

Michel Timacheff (Cannes, 1959 - Waterloo, 2018)

There are meetings that prove to be crucial, primordial encounters that mark our lives. My meeting with Michel Timacheff, an afternoon of October 1999 in Vallauris, was one of them.

Bruce Bacon (1940 - 2017)

I first met Bruce Bacon in 1984, and since then and through his Garden Farme, I learned about soils, fruits, salads, vegetables, organics, permaculture, sustainable ag, arbor care, tree propagation, prairie restoration, forest management, wetland preservation, weeding, mulching, woodchipping, landscaping, woodstove heating, bee keeping, domestic geese, sandhill cranes, the I-Ching, cooperatives, collaboratives, allies, CSA's, resistance, revolution, kitchen table philosophy... and the list goes on.

Bernard de La Rochefoucauld (1922-2017)

Comte de la Rochefoucauld, understandably proud of his Franklinia

Bernard de La Rochefoucauld, long-time IOS member with his wife Brigitte, founder of l’Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, died July 18, 2017, shortly before his 95th birthday.

Earl Cully (1927 - 2017)

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Earl Cully, 90, of Jacksonville, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home. Earl was a long-time member of the International Oak Society and participated in several of our conferences. Early in Earl’s life he developed a passion for trees and he was nurtured by several mentors including horticulture professor J.C. McDaniel of the University of Illinois, who shared his knowledge and ability to “see” and evaluate woody plants

Michael Heathcoat Amory (1941 - 2016)

It is with great sadness that I share with IOS members the news that Michael Heathcoat Amory died on the 24th of February.

Jo Bömer (1943 - 2015)

Very unexpectedly, in her home in Klein Zundert, The Netherlands, Jo Bömer passed away on March 4th 2015.

Departed Friends

This past year we lost three of our prominent, longtime members.

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