The Cambridge Plant & Garden Club recently celebrated its 125-year anniversary with a symposium held in the Weld Hill Research Building at The Arnold Arboretum. The CP&GC is the longest active women’s garden club in America, and has enjoyed a long history of partnering with the Arboretum. Club member and writer Annette LaMond provides a rich account of that ongoing relationship, which we are pleased to feature in Library Leaves.
Since the club’s inception in 1889, Arboretum luminaries such as Charles Sprague Sargent, John G. Jack, Donald Wyman, Stephen Spongberg, and many other members of staff have presented botanical lectures for its members. With the latest meeting at the Arboretum, Arboretum Director William (Ned) Friedman and Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann continued this tradition of collaboration and education.
The archive of the Cambridge Plant & Garden Club is held by Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe Institute. The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is pleased to have assisted Annette with her research chronicling how our organizations have intersected. While the Arboretum’s history of plant exploration and horticultural education is storied and unique, it is also gratifying and noteworthy to expand our resources as a repository of institutional and local history.
—Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant