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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses

As winter drags on it's a good time to visit a greenhouse.  A few historical greenhouses can be found around Boston, including the Ferguson Greenhouses at Wellesley College.  They were built with funds raised by Dr. Margaret Ferguson, master of the Wellesley College faculty in the first half of the 20th century.  She completed a Ph.D. at Cornell in the 1800s (extraordinarily rare for a woman at that time) and in 1930 became the first woman president of the Botanical Society of America.  The greenhouses were designed by her and built by the firm of Lord & Burnham, the preeminent builders of greenhouses at that time.

 Begonia House

Potting Room

Desert House

Cryptogam House

Tropic House
Seasonal Display House

Hydrophyte House