For the Love of Rhododendron
Episode 11 - We named the trees
In this episode we hear the story of Leslie Hancock, a pioneer in Canadian Rhododendron breeding and horticulture and
founder of the Hancock Woodlands in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Woodlands Horticulturalist, Staci Sylvestri, tells how the next generation
is carrying on Hancock's botanical legacy and commitment to community outreach. We also meet Hancock's grand-daughter Carol, who shares
memories of her childhood growing up in a plant nursery, where towering oaks and pines, and multi-colored Rhododendrons provided plenty of
material for a child's imagination.
The garden developed such a personality of its own that they even named the trees, including four iconic pine trees that
still stand today as the hallmark of Hancock Woodlands, embodying the words of John Muir, "Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world."