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September 08, 2007



Wow. The pictures are beautiful.

Ron Jacobson

Beautiful story and photos!!

I worked in the Gardens during my sophomore through senior years at Greendale High School, during the summer vacation time. My mother was an assistant to the director John Voight. She assisted in the selection, and purchase of plants, and helped in the design of the Bog Walk, and other parts of the Gardens.
She worked also as a receptionist in the front office for many years.
I'm sure that while I was there, 1951 through 1954, the gardens were already named the Alfred L Boerner Botanical Gardens. The history of the gardens, as written on internet sites indicate that the name wasn't changed for two year after Boerner died in 1955. I think that fact is wrong.

Ron Jacobson


Ron, thanks for taking the time to share with us! I bet it's exciting to go back to the Gardens and see how your mom's work has matured and evolved over the years. That's pretty special to know someone who was part of its creation. :)

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