Does anyone know who raided Peter Ruh's garden when he retired?
I found this thread doing a search for Pete Ruh - I worked at his nursery Sunnybrook Farms during the 70s and 80s. When his son Tim took over I worked for him.
Pete and his wife Jean took over the nursery from Jean's parents and it became known for growing and selling unusual house plants, herbs, perennials and of course hostas.
Last summer I helped out a friend that was the main gardener for Pete's "Homestead Division" (and built most of the stone raised beds for Pete) when they got older. He told me the whole place has grown up in Canada Thistle and it is "overseen" by their daughter Janet that now owns the farm. She raises many goats ...and how do I put this nicely, she is kind of crazy and my guess is that she has allowed her animals to graze on the property so the only one that has raided Pete's Hostas are his daughter's goats. So sad. I was also told that there are piles of information in the basement Pete had assembled through the years corresponding with hosta growers in Japan and around the world that is probably a wealth of knowledge and info on the subject. Pete's daughter guards it for some reason and will not share the information with anyone. Pete and Jean were very active in the community, Pete was a school bus driver and Jean was very active in a local church. When Pete died it was kind of strange - the story I got was that his daughter was taking him to a doctor's appointment and he died in the car on the way.... no obituary, no mention anywhere about him after he was gone. Honestly it struck many as a little strange, the circumstances that surrounded his death. I hate to think this way but I also know that Pete was worth a small fortune and his two children were just waiting for him to pass. Again, kind of a sad situation. I really learned a lot from both Jean and Pete and thought highly of them. Can't say that about his children though.
Pete's hosta beds were extensive, he also grew rare woodland plants and evergreens along with his hosta collection. He may be gone but he won't ever be forgotten in the Hosta/plant world.
he lived on the property .. with his daughter ....
why do you think they were raided???
Interesting. I live about 20 minutes away and used to stop several times during the season. I have not visited in perhaps 2years because it made me sad to see how overgrown and rundown the place had beecome. This is unsettling news to me. WW
the website is still up.. but appears to date back to 2012 regarding listed hours ...... ken
Pretty sure they no longer live on the property and have little to do with hostas. I don't know the fate of the hostas. I'm assuming that they were scarfed up by a raiding party. Purchased? Auction? No idea.
Trying to track down the hosta Sasquatch. Having zero luck.
I have just seen this posted by The North Coast Hosta Society on Facebook, sad news.
I am sad to report to the Hosta Community that Peter Ruh passed away on September 20.
Janet Ruh advises they are taking time with our family at present and would appreciate that all calls be made after the end of October. He did not want a service so we will have a family gathering in the spring or summer of 2017
Oh, this is sad news. Thank you so much for posting this information. Wendy
Sorry to be the bearer, did you know him well?
Thank you, sounds like a sad story.
I just finished reading an article about him and it spoke of a hosta he grew and sold and never saw again after it went to holland. It turned yellow in the spring. Was that hosta yellow flash or another one? It was a happy life for them and I hope they can't see what has happened to their happy place since their death.
I remember stopping there many years ago. That was before I grew hostas or just Frances Williams which was always burnt. I didn’t buy hostas but some other plants that day. I remember a simply gorgeous grouping of hostas out front. Sad no one continued their work. I did buy Ulysses S, Grant a couple of years ago so I do have one of their hostas in my yard