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Oral History of Washington Park Arboretum, the Arboretum Foundation and the Center for Urban Horticulture

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Graham Visitor Center

In 2010, a combined effort of many donors, led by John Wott, funded an oral history project, administered by the Miller Library. Carrie Bowman is supervising the project; Shelly Leavens was hired last November and spent the past ten months conducting research and interviewing people. People with long term associations with the Washington Park Arboretum, the Arboretum Foundation, and/or the Center for Urban Horticulture were invited to participate. Carrie, with the help of many others, looked for narrators who fulfilled multiple roles within these organizations, as well as seeking narrators from outside them.

The collection of interviews is an open door to our history. The intent of this phase of the project was to collect a variety of interviews, index them so that people can determine what was discussed, and organize them so that materials relevant to each interview are gathered in one place. Research materials, field notes, indexes, and narrator data sheets are all included with the interviews. This collection will remain in the Miller Library and will be available for public use. Read more about the project in an article by Carrie Bowman in the Fall 2011 issue of the Arboretum Bulletin.

The Narrators

Dick Brown photo
Dick Brown
Cyclamen purpurascens
Barbara Carman (photo of her favorite flower)
Dale Cole photo
Dale Cole
Nancy Davidson-Short photo
Nancy Davidson Short
Marion Docter
Marion Docter
Sylvia Duryee photo
Sylvia Duryee
Paul Gibson photo
Paul Gibson
Mrs Donald Graham hybrid Rhododendron photo
Donald Graham, Jr. (photo of hybrid Rhododendron ‘Mrs. Donald Graham’)
Jean Haigh
Jean Haigh
Barbara Harris photo
Barbara Harris
Donald Harris photo
Donald Harris
Grant Jones photo
Grant Jones
Art Kruckeberg photo
Art Kruckeberg
Elizabeth Moses photo
Elizabeth Moses
Lyn Sauter photo
Lyn Sauter
Carol Simons
Carol Simons
Sheila Taft photo
Sheila Taft
Harold and Tish Tukey
Harold and Tish Tukey
Jean Witt
Jean Witt
John Wott photo
John Wott
Photo credits:
1. Barbara Carman – Cyclamen purpurascens from the CalPhotos Photo Database, © 2004 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy 2. Donald Graham – Rhododendron ‘Mrs. Donald Graham’ (found in Rhododendron Portraits, D.M. van Gelderen and J.R.P. van Hoey Smith, 1992, Timber Press, p.231)

Merrill Hall photo

This project would not have been possible without the
generous support of many people, including

Arboretum Foundation
Steve and Peggy Garber
Emily Witt Kozie and Dan Kozie
Elizabeth Ayrault Moses and Allen Moses
Prof. and Mrs. H.B. Tukey
John A. Wott, Director Emeritus

We extend sincere appreciation to all of you and also to
Wendy Kelley