Rose Garden, spring, 1984
Alternate Title: Flowering trees in the Bradley Rose Garden with piles of mulch in the beds
Photograph by Gary Lee Koller (American)
Eleanor Cabot Bradley Collection of Rosaceous Plants, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
On June 2, 1985, The Bradley Rosaceous Collection was dedicated in honor of Eleanor Cabot Bradley (1893-1990). The inscription on the granite bench that overlooks the garden describes Mrs. Bradley’s connection with the Arnold Arboretum: “Eleanor Cabot Bradley, wise and generous counselor.”
Gary Koller spent 24 years at the Arnold Arboretum, first as the Supervisor of Living Collections and later as Managing Horticulturist. Koller’s professional duties included being in charge of the development and maintenance of the living collections, supervising employees, overseeing plant propagation, preparing the annual report for the department, and providing plant information to horticultural professionals as well as the public.
While at the Arboretum, Koller wrote for horticultural journals, lectured to amateur and professional plantsmen, taught landscape design at the University of Massachusetts and at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and maintained a private residential landscape design practice. He has served as a horticultural consultant to such diverse institutions as Dumbarton Oaks, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and Central Park, among many others. Upon his retirement, he focused on developing his landscape firm, lecturing, and teaching.
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