Sunday, July 5, 2015

Honoring history and a garden of thyme

Next time you're near Temple University's Ambler campus, stop by and visit the original - and newly refurbished, relatively speaking - library that honors the 2011 centennial of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women that started here.

Honoring history and a garden of thyme

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This spring, certainly by fall, a new garden will be installed just outside in honor of Jenny Rose Carey, Ambler´s arboretum director.
This spring, certainly by fall, a new garden will be installed just outside in honor of Jenny Rose Carey, Ambler's arboretum director.

Next time you're near Temple University's Ambler campus, stop by and visit the original - and newly refurbished, relatively speaking - library that honors the 2011 centennial of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women that started here. There's lots to see among the archives - historical photos, memorabilia, books, even old tools, like the remarkably ergonomic shovel held here by Linda Lowe, director of development and alumni affairs.

It's a pleasant space, in a building dedicated to Hilda Justice, the school's first librarian. It also houses two bookcases filled with stuff from the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, which was founded at Ambler in 1914. This place is just loaded with history.

Linda says the archive space is used often used by students (allegedly for studying) and is a popular place for meetings.

Soon, it might be a popular place for gazing out the window. (Not that students aren't already engaging in this time-honored procrastination technique.) This spring, certainly by fall, a new garden will be installed just outside in honor of Jenny Rose Carey, Ambler's arboretum director. It'll be a thyme garden with a globe sundial. You can do some procrastinating yourself, just musing about the meaning of thyme/time and the globe/world.

Jenny, a 2003 Ambler horticulture graduate herself, has been director since 2005. In her short tenure, three new gardens have been planted on campus and an irrigation system installed. "If not for her, we would not have done this," Linda says, speaking of the restored archives. And a few other things, too.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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