Larry Thomas, founder and first chair of the Manhattan Chapter of NARGS,
invited Art to speak to our chapter, probably in the late '80's or early
'90's. He was a very forceful, animated speaker. After his visit Larry
commented that hosting Art was a unique experience, as his opinions were
made known on many subjects. I certainly can't recall all the speakers I
have heard since joining NARGS and this chapter, but Art was quite
memorable, and I have often wished I could grow Polystichum Kruckbergii.
Maybe I still can, despite living on the Eastcoast.

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> Art Kruckeberg, Emeritus Professor of Botany, died on May 25, at age 96.
> Art
> left a legacy as a scholar, teacher, promoter of gardening with native
> plants, and conservation activist.
> Art joined the Botany Department as an Assistant Professor in 1950 after
> completing his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. He grew up in California and was
> imbued
> with all things botanical from an early age; his family owned a publishing
> house called Kruckeberg Press, which published gardening and horticultural
> publications. He began grad school in 1941 at Stanford, where he spent the
> previous summer as a field assistant for the famous botanical research team
> of Jens Clausen, David Keck, and William Heisey (Clausen, Keck, and Heisey
> rolls off the tongue of most botanists the way Tinker, Evers, and Chance
> does baseball aficionados).
> Due to forces beyond his control, graduate study would have to wait. After
> the attack on Pearl Harbor, Art enlisted in the Navy and was recruited into
> their language program, where he learned Japanese. He spent the rest of the
> war years and a year of postwar occupation, translating Japanese documents
> and interpreting interrogations of captured Japanese prisoners. To the very
> end of his life, Art was proud of his mastery of Japanese. I had the
> occasion to spend a week at a conference in Japan with Art in 1989; he
> could
> still speak the language AND remembered the plants he had seen there even
> though it had been over 40 years since he had left Japan.
> After the war, he returned to California to start grad school again, this
> time at Berkeley. He completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Herbert
> Mason, with Hans Jenny and G. Ledyard Stebbins on his committee. Mason had
> recently begun studying the unique flora found on serpentine soils in
> California. Art's dissertation (An Experimental Inquiry into the Nature of
> Endemism on Serpentine Soils) helped bring the descriptive work on
> serpentine endemism into the realm of experimental science. Art maintained
> a
> research program on serpentine plants throughout his career, writing
> several
> books for both academic and lay audiences, in addition to a significant
> body
> of scientific publications.
> Once Art's academic bona fides were well established, he increasingly
> devoted his attention to public outreach through his writings, promotion of
> conservation activism, and pushing for the establishment of environmental
> legislation to preserve lands for their value to biodiversity. In 1972, he
> led the movement to create the Washington Natural Area Preserves Act, in
> 1973, he developed the first list of rare and endangered plants in
> Washington, in 1976 he helped found the Washington Native Plant Society, in
> 1982 he helped create the Washington Natural Heritage Program within the
> Department of Natural Resources to oversee management of natural area
> preserves and endangered species, and during those years also served on the
> US Forest Service commission to identify parcels of federal land to
> preserve
> as Research Natural Areas. Art was awarded the prestigious Peter Raven
> Award
> for public outreach in botany by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists
> in 2006.
> Art leaves a living legacy in the form of the 4-acre garden he and his wife
> Mareen developed over the course of 50 years in Shoreline. This is the
> "type
> garden" for his most widely known book "Gardening with Native Plants in the
> Pacific Northwest." This book has turned on generations of gardeners to the
> joy and conservation value of using our native flora in home gardens. When
> the book was first published, it won the "Governor's Award" for outstanding
> books published by Washington authors. The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is now
> a public garden owned by the City of Shoreline and managed by the
> Kruckeberg
> Botanic Garden Foundation.
> Art served on my Ph.D. committee and I have a debt of gratitude for Art's
> support over the years. During the last few weeks, I have been sorting
> through the detritus of a career left behind in Art's last office in the
> Plant Lab. With news of his passing, the many memories into the man who
> influenced me so, take on additional meaning. A legion of friends,
> colleagues, and many who never met him, but were influenced by his work,
> will mourn his passing.
> --Dick Olmstead
> Gifts in honor of Art can be directed to the Kruckeberg Foundation or to
> the
> endowment he created in the Department of Biology for Plant Biology. Please
> make checks out to the University of Washington, with "Kruckeberg
> endowment"
> on the memo line. Questions? Contact Lisa at <> or
> 206.685.2185.
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