Morris Arboretum Oral History Project to capture a rich history

A member of the Morris Arboretum staff tells the story of a boy who lived with his father in the log cabin on the Arboretum grounds in the 1960’s. Today he is a botanist, influenced by the experience of growing up on the lush acres that make up what was once the summer estate of John and Lydia Morris.

Over the next year Barbara will be interviewing members of the staff, longtime volunteers and friends to help create a collective image of this historic public garden.

As a sample, listen to the Arboretum’s senior botanist Ann Rhoads describe the inspiration for her decision to pursue a career studying and documenting the region’s flora.

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