Jenny Rose Carey Named New Director of the Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler
Jenny Rose Carey has been named director of the Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler.
Carey is no stranger to Temple University Ambler. After graduating summa cum laude with an associate of science degree in horticulture in 2003, she continued her stay at the Ambler campus as an adjunct professor in the department of landscape architecture and horticulture, teaching "History of Landscape Architecture" and "Woody Plants II."
"As a horticulture graduate, long-time active gardener, volunteer and horticultural consultant, Carey has the practical and scientific knowledge to guide the maintenance and acquisitions for the arboretum," said Ambler Dean Sophia Wisniewska. "Her relationships with the heads of the most significant local arboreta are excellent. I believe that she is well-positioned to take the arboretum to the next level."
Born in London, England, Carey earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Southampton University in 1981 and her graduate degree in education from Oxford University in 1982.
Carey brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to the director's position, with a background in research of historical Philadelphia gardens and women's roles in the development of gardens and horticultural styles in the early 20 th century. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of horticulture topics ranging from trees to herbs.
Carey is affiliated with such notable organizations as the Awbury Arboretum, the Herb Society of America, the Physic Garden at the Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
She has received top honors for her horticultural talents, winning the Club Historic Preservation Certificate for ongoing research and implementation of a Victorian Garden and a "Secret Garden" designed as a bird and butterfly habitat, and meditative space from The Garden Club of America. Carey also received the Heckscher Bowl and Dorothy Falcon Platt Award for horticultural excellence from The Garden Club of Philadelphia.
As director of the arboretum, Carey plans to undertake improvement projects including new designs for the gardens, irrigation, lighting, signage, tagging and accessibility. She also is responsible for working with academic and administrative units to provide educational programs for the community in addition to supporting the curricula of the department of landscape architecture and horticulture and the use of the arboretum and its facilities across academic disciplines.
"My vision for the future is to see the arboretum continue to thrive as a teaching garden, while encouraging community groups to visit campus and utilize all it has to offer," said Carey. "The next few years in the development of the arboretum will set the foundation for success."
Carey assumes the arboretum director's role from the founding director, Stephanie Cohen, a Temple University Ambler alumna and author of Perennial Gardener's Design Primer with Nancy Ondra.
Under Cohen's leadership, several gardens received prestigious awards from the Perennial Plant Association, an Arboretum Advisory Committee was formed, and nearly $400,000 was raised for capital improvements. Cohen was also recognized by the Perennial Plant Association as Educator of the Year in 2003.
"I am excited for Carey and for the arboretum," said Cohen, who is preparing to write her second book. "She is very capable, and the arboretum is in very good hands."
Established as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1910, the sprawling 187-acre Ambler campus includes myriad learning gardens such as an herb garden, ground cover garden, native plant garden, rock wall, woodland garden, trial garden and large perennial borders. It serves the University as a living laboratory for student learning and research as well as a destination for community members and visitors. A greenhouse, which was added to the campus in 2001, and a much-anticipated Intercollegiate Athletics Field House using green roof technology, scheduled to open this summer, round out this dynamic learning institution.
The mission of the arboretum is to promote the understanding of the relationship between people and the environment and to celebrate the successes of its predecessor while preserving the historic significance of the campus.
For more information on the Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler, contact Jenny Rose Carey at 215-283-1233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Amy Alderson