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Jane Baber White Presents Lessons's Learned from a Poet's Garden on February 15

Local author to discuss her newest book, and the connections she found with the College during a 28-year restoration of the gardens of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer.

2/8/2012 12:43:12 PM


LYNCHBURG–Randolph College will offer a special talk by Jane Baber White on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

White’s lecture will discuss the connections with the College she and her garden club found during the incredible restoration process of the gardens of Harlem Renaissance poet, Anne Spencer. White’s book on the restoration, Lessons Learned from a Poet’s Garden, The Restoration of the Historic Garden of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer, Lynchburg Virginia, was released in November 2011. The book details the 28-year restoration of that historic National Register property in Lynchburg.

During the process, many links were found between R-MWC and the gardens. For instance, the wrought iron gate that was replaced by the red brick wall around Randolph’s campus was used in the gardens. Other items from the College were also used on the property. Through the work of the garden club and White, many relationships and connections were discovered between the College and Anne and Edward Spencer.

White is a lifelong resident of Lynchburg and has a passion for gardens and historic sites. She has led a number of restoration projects and received local, regional, and national recognition for her work at the Old City Cemetery, where she was director for 27 years.

In addition to her current book, White is the author of Once Upon a Time…A Cemetery Story and The Book of Attributes for the Living Horticultural Collections of the Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum, Lynchburg, Virginia.

The free event will be held in the Alice Ashley Jack Room in Smith Memorial Building.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations