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Mary, who takes care of the weeding?
Well, we had a marvelous Dutchman called Peter vander
Wetering, and he has long done odd jobs that the Park Service
should have done; and he's being paid to maintain it, and he
plants it. But he's got other Dutchmen or at least people who
are willing to do things neatly doing this. But he's paid to
do it. You see, the Park Service -- they have no money -- and
they never had any good workers anyway.
And they never had any great interest.
And never any interest. So I thought just to hell with
them. After I asked them if they would please weed the begonias
that I had planted for 20 blocks, they said oh, yes, they would
be glad to do that, and they came about four years ago, picked
up the begonias and left the weeds. (laughs)
And you paid for it.
No, I didn't pay the Parks Department. I gave the begonias.
I gave all the material, but I thought it was the city's business
to maintain it, as indeed it is. However, Mr. Spencer and I
have dispensed with the . But there are people who have
said, “Mrs. Lasker should announce that she is no longer doing
this publicly.” You can't imagine the reactions that there are
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