In 2000, former Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Jenny Rose Carey arrived on campus with a very specific intent.
“I wanted to take a course to learn about American trees and shrubs — I didn’t know their Latin names! Growing up in England with a botanist father and knowing all of the Latin names for the trees around us, this was important to me,” said Carey, who departed Temple Ambler to write and lecture about her passions — horticulture and women’s history. “I already had a degree in biology and a graduate degree in education; I wasn’t planning on getting another degree. After taking Plant Pathology and Plant Propagation, I fell in love with the campus, the faculty, everything about it — so two more courses and two more and two more and here we are.”
Fourteen years later, Carey left a legacy that built upon the rich history of Temple University Ambler, which is so integrally enmeshed in the history of women in horticulture in America.
Temple University Ambler and the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University highlighted the years of dedication that Jenny Rose Carey and her husband Gus have provided to the arboretum and the Ambler Campus at the 9th annual Rhapsody in Bloom held in September in the new Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association Visitors Center.
“The history of this campus — founded as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women — was something that I became particularly interested it. In 2005, students, alumni, faculty and staff worked together to create a Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit called Progressive Women in Horticulture,” Carey said. “Through that project, we realized that women from this campus had a much wider role in promoting horticulture, agriculture and design throughout the country — they were true pioneers. I’m proud to be a small part of that unfolding history.”
While Jenny Carey was making her mark on the history of the campus, Gus Carey was also helping to steer Temple Ambler toward its future as a member of the Ambler Campus/School of Environmental Design Board of Visitors.
“I know that Jenny and I will continue to be closely involved with the campus community and the arboretum, I passionately believe that Temple Ambler is an integral part of not just the university, but the region as a whole,” said Gus Carey, who is continuing his role as a member of the Board of Visitors. “The campus provides Temple access to terrific students in the suburban Philadelphia region and beyond who go on to become leaders in their fields and their communities. For any student, Ambler provides Temple’s resources in an intimate setting and for our School of Environmental Design students, studying in the living laboratory of the arboretum is an almost unique experience in the nation.”
Rhapsody in Bloom included tours of the new Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association Visitors Center, music and a very sucessful live auction. The event, attended by more than 130 people, raised more than $25,000 for the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University.
“This year’s Rhapsody was one of the best we've ever held, especially having the newly renovated Visitors Center as a backdrop. We had quite a few new people who we hope will continue their interest int he campus and will support the Ambler Arboretum," said Phil Albright, Chair of the Ambler Arboretum Advisory Committee and Chair Emeritus of the Ambler Campus/School of Environmental Design Board of Visitors. "Even the weather cooperated. By the time Rhapsody began, the rain stopped and the music began.”
Incorporating the Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association Visitors Center into the event "was a wonderful tribute to Jenny Rose and Gus for their years of dedicated service." One of the founders of the Keystone Branch of the National Farm & Garden Association, Jenny Rose Carey was instrumental in seeing the development of the new visitors center come to fruition.
Jenny and Gus Carey "have been wonderful ambassadors for the Arboretum, Temple University Ambler and the School of Environmental Design," said Dr. Vicki Lewis McGarvey, Vice Provost for University College, of which the Ambler Arboretum is a part.
"They have raised awareness about the campus, about Temple and about our programs throughout the region and well beyond,” she said. “Jenny has helped make the Ambler Arboretum a true destination for anyone interested in education, history and gardens.”
For more information about the Ambler Arboretum, visit ambler.temple.edu/arboretum.