Henry Mitchell Memorial Lecture

Tenley-Friendship Library

Henry Mitchell Memorial Lecture

Please join the Tenley Friends on Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. when we welcome Janet Draper to the Tenley library to give the Henry Mitchell Memorial Lecture.

Janet Draper - Smithsonian HorticulturistAs a horticulturist for the Smithsonian, Draper has tended the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden for the last 10 years. 

The Ripley Garden is a magical space located between two Smithsonian Institution buildings on the National Mall. Created by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen in the 1980s, it's a serpentine series of raised beds, intimate seating areas and antique planters. Draper has also participated in educating professional gardeners and garden volunteers throughout the city.

This lecture series honors Henry Mitchell, who was a columnist for The Washington Post for almost 25 years.  In his Earthman column, he wrote of the trials, tribulations and pleasures of the garden.  He was a Tenleytown resident, and his large collection of garden books was bequeathed to the Tenley library.