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The Citizen Ambassador Program was initiated in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded “People to People.” His vast perspective as a military and governmental leader led him to believe that individual citizens reaching out in friendship to the people of other nations could make a significant contribution to world understanding. From 14–28 Aug. 1998, ASHS took part in the “People-to People Mission to China.” Our delegation was composed of six ASHS Members and two guests. Delegates were from Canada and Brazil and the United States. After meeting in Los Angeles for a final briefing, the delegation departed for Hong Kong, where we immediately boarded a flight to Beijing. Our China experience began in Beijing, then on to Hangzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. All of these locations are in the densely populated eastern portion of China. (China has approximately the same area as the United States, but it has 1.25 billion people compared to only 270 million in the U.S.) Our time at each location was about equally divided between professional and cultural activities. Our Chinese horticultural colleagues were enthusiastic and well-trained. As in the United States, the quality of the facilities and the equipment varied somewhat among locations. Operating funds, never sufficient for research and maintenance of facilities, commonly were supplemented by sale of horticultural products.

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Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants. Text by W. John Kress and Marc Hachadourian. Photography by Jonathan Singer. 2009. Abbeville Press, 137 Varick St., New York, NY 10013. 356 pages. $135. Baby elephant folio 31 x 39 cm. Slipcased hardcover. 251 color plates. ISBN 978-0-7892-1033-3

The original elephant-folio edition of this beautiful book was limited to 10 copies, the first of which was donated to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. This baby elephant folio features 251 magnificent color photographs of rare or exotic plants and flowers by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer. The text

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