Contents of the Spring 2012 Northants News
memories of Warren
was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Warren Withers. I had
known Warren for at least 50 years and here relate a couple of amusing incidents
with him. The first happened on one of his famous Continental Bus Tours. At the
time, the hobby was in its heyday, with new Ritter discoveries in South America
coming into cultivation at a fast pace. Tom Jenkins at Jumanery Cactus Nursery
near Spalding was having difficulty maintaining stocks of good saleable plants
and often visited Dutch nurseries for further supplies.
bus stopped outside this large Dutch nursery, and Warren found a note for him
fixed to the door which read “You are too late Warren, I just bought all the
best plants here for Jumanery, Tom”.
time we visited Warren’s collection in Rugby, where we were shown into a
myriad of assorted glasshouses. I was looking at some cactus plants and suddenly
saw a flash of orange movement below the pots. Looking under the bench I saw
half a dozen goldfish enjoying life in a large pool. I asked how the goldfish
got under a cactus bench, and Warren explained that the pool had once been the
centrepiece of his lawn, and when he continued with his greenhouse building
programme did not have the heart to fill in the pond, so decided to just leave
it as it was!
Jim Lewis Trev Wray
funeral was in the same week as Warren’s. It was a bad week for me losing two
long standing friends from the cactus world. Jim was a very active member of the
branch in the past and on the committee for many years. We didn’t see him much
at meetings in later years but until near the end he supported our show and
attended and enjoyed the social occasions. We always noted that if he brought a
plant to the show it won. A very economical way to exhibit plants! He was a good
grower. Like Warren he was very generous with his plants and I have many species
that came from Jim’s collection as cuttings or offsets.
will miss the intelligent conversations I had with Jim over the years. Not just
about our plants but bridge, wine, food and the occasional politics. A good