Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Two Memorable Participants at the Saltaire Garden Club's Annual Flower Arrangement Contest

Below are photos of two of the most memorable characters to be involved with the Saltaire Garden Club (excepting Oliver Hull) were Wes Adams and Oreste Lorenzo Persechini. Wes Adams had one of the most beautiful gardens in Saltaire. It used to be located on the Northwest corner of Marine and Lighthouse Walks. If anyone can tell me what is going on with Hugh O'Brien in the photo with Wes Adams, please let me know by postining a comment. All others are free to speculate as to what inspired the look of blis on his face.

The second character was Oreste Lorenzo Persechini, more familiarly known as Larry. He gave one of the most memorable speeches in Garden Club history when he appeared as the Professor Emeritus of Bontany from the University of Barcelona. The speech was delivered in Italian, which no one else understood except for his praising of 'Merde de cannes' as one of the best fertilizers. Toward the end of his speech, he grabbed a potted tree by the trunk, ripped it out if its pot, and proceeded to beat the table with the tree while screaming in Italian.


elizabeth said...

[With all due respect to Hugh] Cosmo asked for speculation on the blissful look on Hugh's face. It may be bliss, but, it may be a bit of smug also, as in, "There I go again with a clever pun about flora&fauna embedded in the context of an esoteric plot line from a film noir I watched last night." -- Just speclatin'

Anonymous said...

I could not refrain from commenting. Very well written!