There was a time when guys wore too much plaid, had too much hair and drove cars the size of tennis courts. It was called the 1970s.
It was also a period of wickedly cold winters. William Ackerman was a plant hybridizer at the U.S. National Arboretum at the time, overseeing a scientifically valuable collection of camellia species and varieties. Two successive harsh winters devastated these big, lovely, evergreen shrubs. By the spring of 1978, he was able to gauge the full damage: Of 956 specimens — many collected by explorers in Southeast Asia — only 15 survived.
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