ROOTS IN OUR HISTORY– THE 2010 HISTORIC NEWTON SERIES at the Newton Free Library
February 11, 2010
ROOTS IN OUR HISTORY– THE 2010 HISTORIC NEWTON SERIES Fruits of their Labors: The Kenrick Nursery’s Legacy for Today’s Garden In his nursery catalog of 1831, William Kenrick boasted that his family nursery was about 35 years old and “now without doubt, the oldest of note in New England.” Many of our most beloved fruit and tree varieties, including many in our gardens today, first came to this country through the Kenrick family nurseries. Their Waverley Avenue home, and the trees shading the streets of Farlow Hill, are fitting tribute to their labors. Today’s green movement asks us to “buy local.” What better way to buy locally than to celebrate the fruit and plant cultivars of the Kenrick nurseries in our backyard gardens or on our local grocer’s shelves! From copper beeches to Belgian pears, there is something in their nursery lists for everyone. The rich story of this family’s passions makes each juicy bite of a Van Mons pear even sweeter. This lecture by Lucinda Brockway, landscape preservationist, will take place at the Newton Free Library, Homer Street, Newton. Free.