Victor & Marjorie plant a very rare Cactus Garden at Fenwick Hall with the help of German Botanist, Kurt Backenberg, in the 1930's.
morawetzia sericata 1 Cactaceae-peru
Morawetz Cacti Garden entrance from East side Garden facing Maybank Road
East Walled Garden, 1930's. Cacti imported from S.America, Brazil & Peru, from the mountains
1965 Reflection pond in shape of Ann Fenwick after the Morawetz Cacti Garden's demise.
FH Cacti Garden East of Walled Garden 1938
1938 Cacti Garden Tour at Fenwick Castle
A tour of the Reflection pool and outside the walled garden was the Cacti Garden. If you look closely at the photo, you can see the tourist and the huge cacti. I wish these were color photos! 1938 around the time of Victor Morawetz death.
Kurt Backeberg 8/2/1894 - 1/14/1966
German Curt Backeberg (2 August 1894 - 14 January 1966) was a German horticulturist especially known for the colletion and classification of cacti.
He traveled extensively through Center and South America, and published a number of books on cacti, including the six-volume, 4,000 page Die Cactaceae, 1958-1962, and the Kakteenlexikon, first appearing in 1966 and updated posthumously.
Backeberg selected and shipped Catci to Victor Morawetz to grow at Fenwick Hall. Victor Morawetz sponsored many of Backeberg's research trips.
Morawetz Cacti, Fenwick Hall, near East Walled Garden, 1930's. Photo by Paul (thanks Paul!)
South American Cactus at Fenwick Hall
Rare South American Cacti grown at Fenwick Castle.
Herbert Ostercamp, around 1945. That date would mean the cacti survived into the Claude Blanchard years but none of the children remember the Cactus.
Botanist Curt Backeberg died of a heart attack (like Victor Morawetz) in 1966. Unpublished novels, short stories and poetry were discovered at his estate, while parts of his cactus collection went to the International Organization fur Sukkulentenforschung, Zurich, and to the Jardin Exotique in Monaco.
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