A Western World Perspective on the History of Garden Making
Patricia "Pat" Henry, Class of '71, is the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Harvard University and serves on the Gettysburg College Board of Trustees. In addition, Pat has another calling: landscape design.
"I went back to school during the 1990s and earned a graduate certificate in landscape design." While a student in the Radcliffe College program, she studied a lot of landscape design history and discovered a passion for antiquarian gardening books. "I'd always collected contemporary gardening books because I've always loved gardening", she explains. "But when I approached it from the academic side, I got infatuated by what was out there, so began collecting in early 1990s."
Pat's collection has been carefully cultivated on her journeys from coast to coast. Some came from a fund raising sale by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, while others were unearthed in the corner of a small antique store in Laguna Beach, California.
"[When traveling], if there is a book store or antique store I poke around and see what's indigenous to the area," she says. Pat adds that now the internet has also given her access to antiquarian book dealers across the United States. Over the years, she has compiled an interesting, eclectic collection and we are fortunate to have part of that collection on display here.
The books in this exhibit give a sample of garden design from the perspective of the western world and provide a wonderful glimpse into the variety of approaches used by gardeners on both sides of the Atlantic.