Women Horticulturist

Thursday, September 12, 2019
at 1:00 p.m.
Garland Farm,
475 Bayview Drive, Bar Harbor

From BLOOMS to Bloomers: Schools for Lady Gardeners

Landscape historian and museum educator Valencia Libby will speak Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Garland Farm, 475 Bayview Drive, Bar Harbor.

Photograph courtesy of Valencia Libby.

A small but significant number of schools during the Progressive Era sought to educate women to earn a livelihood in horticulture. They were international in context, often privately funded, and typically established by women in leadership positions. Although there were many such institutions throughout Europe, most closed before or after World War II. However, one school, the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, founded by Jane Bowne Haines in 1910 was an astounding success, and had a longevity that led to its incorporation into Temple University in 1958. Well-illustrated with period photography this lecture opens a window on a women’s movement little recognized today.

Valencia Libby lives in Blue Hill, Maine. She retired from Temple University, Philadelphia, as an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture. Valencia received the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Landscape History in 2004 to teach in Portugal. She currently serves as a design consultant to several historical collections and is writing a book about Lord & Schryver, two women landscape architects who lived in Salem, Oregon.

This presentation, is one of the monthly programs offered by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, and will be followed by a tour of the Garland Farm Gardens. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.


This meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to reserve a seat at rsvp@barharborgardenclub.org or call 207-244-1116.

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