Newsletter

The Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Newsletter is published two times per year and is sent to all current WCBG Friends members.

Click on the issue title to see a PDF of that newsletter.

Fall 2013:

"Plant Hunting at the Nursery" by Tricia Diggins, Senior Horticulturist
"Notes From the Director - Fall '13" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Botanical Artists to Create Florilegium for WCBG"
"She Wore Chives on Her Tam"
"Welcome Our TWO! Thorndike Interns for 2013-14"
"Lunch at Eva's Herb Garden" by Joyce Westner
"Brief Correspondence: Rachel Carson and Edith Kingsbury '38" by Gail Kahn, Assistant Director, WCBG
"Meditation in the Greenhouse: An Oasis of Well-Being" by Sherri Stepakoff, WCBG Volunteer

Spring 2013:

"Diversitree: Polyculture in Action" by Rebecca Leung '13
"Notes From the Director - Spring '13" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Visit the Garden Through Social Media" by Rebecca Leung '13, WCBG Thorndike Intern
"Farming IS a Good Life!" by Lucy Fowler Klug '56
"On Location: The Kampong"
"Environmental Horticulture Flipped" by Vivi Read Leavy '62
"Remembering Our Birch" by Gail Kahn, Assistant Director, WCBG
"Indoor Living is Hard on a Tree" by Vivi Read Leavy '62
"Welcome Our New Docents" by Gail Kahn, Assistant Director, WCBG
"Remembering Eleanor Viens"

Fall 2012:

"Is Farming a Good Life? The Campus Cultivation Conference at Wellesley" by Ellen Bechtel '14
"Notes From the Director - Fall '12" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Scoping Plants and Planets: The Whitin Observatory Viewing Garden" By Gail Kahn, WCBG Assistant Director
"The Thorndike Internship"
Cheatgrass in the Cape Cod Dunes" by Alden Griffith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
"Our Alpine Research Adventure" by Olivia Froelich '14 and Shuangxou Long '15
"Rules for a Good Garden" by Rebecca Leung '13 and Mackenzie Klema '14
"A 'Rare and Elegant Shrub:' The Franklin Tree"
"Botanical Art Flourishes"

Spring 2012:

"Data! ... Data! ... Data!  Summer Field Work and the Plant Ecologist" by Alden Griffith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
"Notes From the Director - Spring 2012" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"From 'Horticulture' to 'Botanic Gardens:' Changing Our Name"
"Greenhouse Ghosts" by Andrea Thompson
"Building Wellesley's First Aquaponics System" by Katie Byrnes '12
"Seeing Spots: QR Codes Come to the Botanic Gardens"
"Soil: Where Geoscience Meets Botany" by Janet McDonough, Senior Instructor of Biological Sciences
"Ants on the Roof" by Brachi Schindler '11
"Volunteer Emerita Eleanor Viens Turns 100!"
"Learning Exhibit Development Skills" by Gail Kahn, WCBG Assistant Director
"Remembering Ann Howkins"

Fall 2011:

"Being a Naturalist in the 21st Century: Dirty Boots and iPod Apps" by Gail Kahn, WCBG Assistant Director
"Notes From the Director - Fall 2011" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"New Assistant Director of the Botanic Gardens" by Vivi Leavy '62, WCFH Docent
"High School Students in the Greenhouses" by Vivi Leavy '62, WCFH Docent
"A Bog for the Botanic Gardens" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Why Does the Swiss Cheese Plant Have Holes?" by Gail Kahn, WCBG Assistant Director
"Memories of Wellesley" by Nancy Martin Barnes '37

Spring 2011:

"WCBG's Edible Ecosystem Garden: A Cutting Edge Exploration in Ecology and Botany" by Dave Jacke, Dynamics Ecological Design; and Keith Zaltzberg, Regenerative Design Group
"Notes From the Director - Spring 2011" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Showtime at the Greenhouse"
"The New Focus" by Vivi Leavy '62, WCFH Docent
"Wellesley's Green Wall"
"The Thorndike Intern Makes a Difference"
"Growing Wisdom: The Regeneration Farm Journal" by Nicole Uhrain '12, 2010 Summer Farm Fellow
"Creating Environments: The Work of a Landscape Designer" by Vella Chan '90, Landscape Architect

Fall 2010:

"Re-Energizing a 1920's Landscape" by Mary D. Coyne, Ph.D. (Wellesley MA '61), Professor Emerita, Department of Biological Sciences
"Notes From the Director - Fall 2010" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Bananas: A Threatened Future?" by Katie Griffith, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Wellesley College
"Alaska Update" by Becky Hewitt
"Ruhlman Presentations 2010"
"Summer 2010 Research Projects"
"The Thorndike Intern: A Dream Realized"
"WCFH's Certificate in Botanical Art: Its Foundations and Accomplishments" by Sandy Adams '59

Spring 2010:

"The Return of Field Botany" by Alden Griffith, WCBG Botany Fellow
"Notes From the Director - Spring 2010" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Creating an Edible Forest Garden" by Melanie Kazenel '10
"Fairy Rings - Legend and Fact" by Mary Coyne 'MA61, Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences
"How the Golden Barrel Cactus Came to Wellesley"
"Test Your Spice Knowledge"
"Remembering Mary" by Anne Sinnott Moore '56
"Welcome Cathy Summa"

Fall 2009:

"Wellesley's Women of Botany" by Gail Kahn, WCFH Administrative Manager
"Notes From the Director - Fall 2009" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Bees in the Annex" by Heather Mattila, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
"Dorothy's Internship"
"Wellesley Girls Can Farm" by Farm Fellows Samantha Lowe '10 and Tyler Blangiardo '09
"Wellesley College Farmers in World Wars I and II"
"Creighton Educational Garden"
"Greenhouse Palms" by Gail Kahn

Spring 2009:

"Connecting to Plants: Four Student Projects in the Botanic Gardens" by Laura Stevens '11, Christine Kang '10, Johanna Lake '09, and Joy Ding '09
"Notes From the Director - Spring 2009" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Sheet Mulching in the Botanic Gardens: Putting the Soil Food Web to Work" by Tricia Diggins, WCBG Senior Gardens Horticulturist
"My Summer Internship at New York Botanical Gardens" by Laura Craig-Comin '09
"Remembering Dorothy"
"Bonding with a Native Plant" by Carol Govan, New England Flora Instructor

Fall 2008:

"Plant Power: The Resurgence of Botany at Wellesley" by Kristina Niovi Jones, Director, Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
"Notes From the Director - Fall 2008" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"The Cameron Garden" by Nancy Dean Kingman '53, WCFH Alumna Co-Chair Emerita
"Botany Fellow Alden Griffith"
"Growing Curious: Pereskia" by Nobuko Maeda, WCFH Docent
"Spotlight on Euphorbiaceae: Beyond Poinsettias" by Carol Govan and Gail Kahn
"The Friends of Horticulture: Some Varied Perspectives"
"Dorothy Dudley Thorndike DS '75"

Spring 2008:

"Wellesley's Edible Landscape" by Catherine Chu '10
"Notes From the Director - Spring Greetings from Wellesley!" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Combating Purple Loosestrife" by Emily Estes '10 and Rachel Lewis '10
"Focus on Succulents: The New Desert House" by Rebecca Hewitt, WCBG Intern
"Welcome Eileen Sprague"
"Illustrating Fruit Tree Tags"
"Visitor Voices"

Fall 2007:

"Plants: For Budding Investigators" by Gail Kahn, WCFH Administrative Manager
"Notes From the Director - Fall 07" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Greenhouse Ecology - Helping Plants to Thrive" by Kristina Jones, WCBG Director, and Tony Antonucci, WCBG Senior Greenhouse Horticulturist
"The Science of Gardening at Wellesley" by Courtney Streett '09
"Transitioning from the Friends' Office to a Valued Volunteer"
"Adventures of an 'Arkansaw Traveler'" by Barbara Jarvis
"On the Road in the Mid-Hudson River Valley" by Anne Moore '56

Spring 2007:

"The Annex at 100" by Gail Kahn, WCFH Docent
"Notes From the Director - Spring 2007" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Hydrangea Flowers and Anthocyanins" by Sonja Hicks, Wellesley College Professor Emerita and WCFH Docent
"A Visit to the Eden Project" by Anne Manners, WCFH Docent
"'Living Water' Showcases True Spirit of Scientific Inquiry" by Gail Kahn, WCFH Docent

Fall 2006:

"Transforming a Space into an Educational Place" by Mary D. Coyne 'MA61, Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences
"Notes From the Director" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Suburban Garden" by Tricia Diggins, WCBG Horticulturist
"Plants for Winter Color" by Helen Freidberg '59
"Visitors' Voices" by Elyssa Weber '08
"Philodendron - Best for Beginners" by Anne Sinnott Moore '56

Spring 2006:

"Margaret C. Ferguson" by Christina Dillenbeck Wood '83
"Notes From the Director" by Kristina Niovi Jones, WCBG Director
"Summer Research Program: Investigating Chloroplast Movement in Chloroplast Division Mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana" by Selasi Dankwa '07 & Kristen Granger '06
"The Plant Personified" by Gail Kahn, WCFH Docent
"Olga Kreeb Delves" by John A. Delves III
"A Ferguson Greenhouse Experience" by Toni de Bonneval Frederick '51
"A Wellesley Wintersession Course: Introduction to Botanical Art"

Fall 2005:

"The Cool Temperate House: Displaying the Four Seasons" by Mike Schroeder '58. WCFH Docent
"Meet Kristina Niovi Jones - New Director of WCBG"
"Plant Health Care - An Update on the Outside Gardens" by Tricia Diggins, WCBG Horticulturist
"DNA Microarray Analysis of Global Gene Expression: Patterns of Phot1 and Phot2 Mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana" by Yu-Tzu (Debbie) Liu '06
"A Good Age: Vision-Impaired Seniors Make Tropical Escape" by Sue Scheible, reprinted from The Patriot Ledger, March 7, 2005
"The Harriet B. Creighton Botanic Gardens Fund"
"Friends of Horticulture Memorial Book Fund"
"Welcome to Gail Kahn"
"Wellesley College Members Find a 'Secret Garden'"

Spring 2005:

"Gymnosperms: The Naked Truth by" Carol Govan and Gail Kahn, WCFH Docents
"Notes From the Director" by Duncan Himmelman, WCBG Director
"Spring Fling" by Nancy Kingman '53
"The Healing Garden" by Betsy Tyson-Smith, Executive Director, Thurston Healing Garden
"Art and Botany: A Winning Combination"
"Drawing in the Ferguson Greenhouses" by Alexandra Roy '08
"WCFH Memorial Gift Fund: Donations in Memory of Jesse Weaver Brown '12 and Jane Barcus Billington '37"
"Horticultural Tidbit: Propagating Seed" by Maureen Bovet DS '92
"Visitors' Voices" by Mary Gottman DS '98

Fall 2004:

"The Desert House: A Journey of Arid Adaptations" by Mike Schroeder '58, WCFH Docent
"Notes From the Director" by Duncan Himmelman, WCBG Director
"Update on Invasive Plants in the Botanic Gardens" by Tricia Diggins, WCFH Horticulturist
"Exploring the Language of Plants" by Nancy Abraham Hall, Ph.D., Department of Spanish
"Trees for Fall Color" by Helen Freidberg '59
"Visitors' Voices" by Mary Gottman DS '98
"First Year Plants"
"From the WCBG Floraphiles" by Gail Kahn, WCFH Docent
"Student Grants"

Spring 2004:

"A Farewell to Harriet B. Creighton" by Mary D. Coyne '61, Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College
"Notes From the Director" by Duncan Himmelman, WCBG Director
"Earth's Atmosphere and Beyond" by Jean Fuller-Stanley, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wellesley College
"To the Friends of Horticulture" by Brita Jessen '04
"Gardening for the Ecosystem: Butterflies, Birds and Other Critters" by Sharon Soltzberg, Department of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College
"Controlling Pests: A Kinder, Gentler Method for Plants and You" by Elizabeth Reece, WCFH Staff
"Oaks in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens" by Carol Govan, WCFH Docent Training Coordinator
"The New England Tropical Conservatory" by Nancy Kingman '53