Mary Madison – The Buttonwood Queen 1929 – 2021

Mary Madison – The Buttonwood Queen 1929 – 2021

Mary Madison -The Buttonwood Queen (1929 – 2021)

Mary Madison

In the early hours of Wednesday July 28th, the world lost a pillar of true compassion, dedication, and creativity. While most of us knew her as the Queen of Buttonwoods, it was second to who she was as a person. Mary Madison was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. The icon is what she was, but who she was is even more beautiful.

As a “little brat,” her father would take her on rides to the Florida Keys unaware that each ride solidified her love of the natural environment. While she loved the cute and cuddly creatures such as dogs and cats, she felt drawn to plants the most. A born naturalist, Mary would spend the rest of life sharing her love of all living things with strangers and friends alike.

Mary exemplified what it is to be a good person. She treated everyone with kindness and humility, her resolve was to do what’s right and forgive regardless of the situation. A little wise crack from Mary and she’d have you laying down your guard eating out of the palm of her hand. She intuitively knew that your happiness meant her happiness.
Her effort was instinctual, charm a natural weapon, and professionalism a mantra. While stubborn can often be viewed as a negative trait, for Mary it meant giving a thousand percent effort and nothing less. Quitting wasn’t a part of her vocabulary. She was a catalyst of human decency, hard work, and love to anyone she befriended.

For 91 years the world has been blessed to know Mary. She earned everything that she obtained in life and her passing is no different. A seemingly romantic gesture to her late husband TJ, she parted earth like lyrics from their favorite song by The Platters. “Heavenly shades of night are falling, it’s twilight time. Out of the mist your voice is calling, tis twilight time. I count the moments darling til you’re here with me. Together at last, at twilight time.”
David Cutchin

Bonsai Auction and Sale SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021

The Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida, Inc. will conduct an outdoor Silent Auction of BONSAI TREES and related items at the Berne Davis Garden Center, 2166 Virginia Avenue in Fort Myers on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

The auction will be open to the public, and will begin at 9:30AM and end at 11:00AM

The event will be structured to minimize social contact while allowing the public to
freely view and bid on bonsai items from Society members.

In addition to the items at auction, the Society will offer many smaller trees and pre-bonsai material for sale at substantially reduced prices.

“If you’ve ever wanted to own an excellent bonsai tree, this is a chance to buy one at a
bargain price” said Sam Wollard, the Society President. “Bring a mask and a pencil”’.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to pay for our Annual Bonsai Show bonsai at the
Garden Center on November 6-7, 2021, which also will be free to the public.

Bonsai is the practice of growing and shaping small trees in pots so as to enhance
and emphasize their artistic qualities. It originated in China many centuries ago, and is now
enjoyed worldwide.