WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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84 The Coveted "North 40" W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 able to reach our property on Morses pond," he wrote. The gate was unlocked. Another group – this one on campus – set its sights on far more than simply a passage through the acres of land. In November 1925, Professor Margaret Ferguson (for whom the College greenhouses are named) typed this request to the college business manager: "The Botany Department has looked forward for some years…to ask for a considerable amount of land which it could have under its control for strictly academic purposes. We understand that the college has recently abandoned all its farm activities and that certain lands [on Weston Road] are released." Ferguson proposed a variety of Botany Department projects to be carried out on ten blocks of the acreage: the study of plant succession according to the "Denuded Quadrate Method;" the development of a natural forest of white and pitch pines, black and red oaks, hickories, elms, sugar maples, beech, ash, chestnut, and hemlock; an outdoor laboratory to demon- strate methods of cultivation, pruning, and spraying; and, finally, a continua- tion of the department's studies in experimental genetics, involving the cultivation of 15,000 to 20,000 pedigreed plants. M A P A N D P O R T R A I T C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E A R C H I V E S ; W O O D L A N D T R A I L S B Y D I A N E S P E A R E T R I A N T The Botany Department has looked forward for some years…to ask for a considerable amount of land which it could have under its control for strictly academic purposes. We understand that the college has recently abandoned all its farm activities and that certain lands [on Weston Road] are released." Margaret Ferguson / 1925 / Professor at Wellesley College

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