Trip to Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley

Date: May 16, 2009
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley

On May 16th, 16 alumnae and 7 guests had a delightful tour of the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley. The Elm Bank Reservation, run by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, is a hidden gem in the middle of a busy suburb. The land was originally owned by the Cheney family and several beautiful homes still stand. The land passed through a number of hands until it was taken over by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. A total of 8 gardens are included in the reservation including a formal garden for one of the Cheney houses, a Goddess garden, a children’s garden, and several gardens and greenhouses for experimental plants. Volunteers maintain all the gardens and run the Master Gardener program. After the tour of the gardens and grounds, we had a picnic lunch with Patty Talbot ’61. Patty owns a greenhouse business in Vermont and she was able to expertly answer everyone’s gardening questions. In addition, Patty told about her amazing trip to France to see Monet’s water lilies.

A few small world connections…..our tour guide, Dr. Scott Birney was formerly the head of Wellesley College’s astronomy department and gave tours of the observatory to Jane Lifton’s 4th grade classes. Carolyn Heath’s family has a garden in Corinth, NY which was designed and installed by Patty. Finally Kathy Knight’s daughter, Jenny, interned with Patty in Vermont.

In attendance were 16 BMC alumnae and 7 guests, including Louise Ambler ’56, Susan Cummings ’75, Caron Dubnoff ’64, Carolyn Heath ’48, Artemis Hionides ’82, Margaret Hoag ’86, Kathy Knight ’59, Jane Lifton ’76, Sandra Mills ’61, Sydney Owens ’64, Cecelia Parks ’50, Barbara Powell ’62, Cornelia Robart ’61, Patty Talbot ’61, Debbie Weiss ’68, and Win Wilbur ’55.

– Margaret Hoag ’86