Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Smithsonian Horticulturist to Speak at Tenleytown Library June 1

You are invited to join the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesday, June 1st, at 7:00 pm to hear Janet Draper give the Henry Mitchell Memorial Lecture. As a horticulturist for the Smithsonian, Ms. Draper has tended the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden for the last 10 years. The Ripley Garden is a magical space located between two Smithsonian Institution buildings on the National Mall. Created by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen in the 1980s, it's a serpentine series of raised beds, intimate seating areas and antique planters. Ms. Draper has also participated in educating professional gardeners and garden volunteers throughout the city.

This lecture series honors Henry Mitchell, who was a columnist for the Washington Post for almost 25 years. In his Earthman column, he wrote of the trials, tribulations and pleasures of the garden. He was a Tenleytown resident and his large collection of garden books was bequeathed to the Tenley library.

The library is located at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.

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