I’ve had few brushes with fame in my life- but my favorite might classify me as a complete plant
nerd fanatic. After reading his books, studying his notes, obsessing over his photographs, I finally met Michael A. Dirr. Dirr is the plantman of plantpeople. There have been countless discussions about plants- what to use where, to what size does a plant grow- and every time it is agreed to refer to Dirr. “Look it up in Dirr.”, “What does Dirr say about that?” and “I would consult Dirr.” End of dirrscussion.
|Michael A. Dirr|
|A page from Manual of Woody Landscape Plants|
I met him at the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association’s winter meeting in 2010. We were both walking into the conference room at the same time and he held the door for me. After thanking him for his work with plants and the reliable resources that I have been using for years, he signed my copy of Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs! If you don’t have any of Dirr’s books in your library, you might want to reconsider. You too will refer to Dirr over and over again.
|Dirr signed, "Dear Julie, May the book continue to educate and inspire. |
Sincerely, Michael Dirr 1-13-2010 Connecticut"
|Dirr is well known for his Hydrangea introducations|