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Lewis and Clark Plants Grow in Historic Graveyard

The photos were taken at a meeting of the Historic St. Peter's Church Preservation Corporation when the Lewis and Clark specimen garden was introduced. The garden, in the graveyard, will be open all summer for visitors. (See hours in the story on Summer of exhibits.) HSPCPC was meeting to hear conservation expert John Carr discuss results of his survey of more than 1,000 gravestones and the cost of a plan for its ongoing project to repair the stones and monuments and maintain the historic cemetery. Its mission is to assist the church and the neighborhood by taking on the task. HSPCPC seeks new memberships and contributions to the project.

All photos are by Pi Di Piazza unless otherwise noted.

Conservationist John Carr explains the plan to repair markers to members of the HSPCPC. Photo by Norma Milner

Rob Cox of the American Philosophical Society spoke at the meeting on new research he is doing on nurseryman Bernard McMahon in preparation for his talk at the Annual Meeting.

Frank Muhly spoke about how the Lewis and Clark garden got to St. Peter's and why it is important to the Bicentennial. Tom Davis also spoke.

Chris Cook and Tom Davis attach a label to an osage orange tree.

Chris Cook saw this favorite project of her dear friend Marice Davis to fruition after Marice's untimely death.

 

 

Norma Milner, Chris Cook, and Kathleen Stephenson, president of the Historic St. Peter's Church Preservation Corporation, check out the new labels.

A member of HSPCPC curiously reads the identification tag on an Osage Orange tree.

Charles Willson Peale is buried near the Lewis and Clark Garden. Photo by M. Mackintosh

One of the mature Osage Orange tree is backed by the historic church's tower. Photo by M. Mackintosh

The garden is a quiet place to walk. Photo by M. Mackintosh


For more information visit the Twinleaf Journal online published at Monticello.

Two articles of interest are The Horticultural Potential of Lewis and Clark Plants and “Public Treasures”: Thomas Jefferson and the Garden Plants of Lewis and Clark.

You can find a description of the Lewis and Clark Seed Sampler on the website too.

 

Updated June 22, 2003
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