A GEM IN THE HEART OF AMHERST
The Kinsey Memorial Garden behind The Jones Library, is a lovely contemplative space beloved by many that would also be destroyed by the Demolition-Expansion. With its canopy of trees, beautiful plantings, stone walls, and meandering stone walkways, the Garden invites visitors to sit and enjoy a moment of serenity amid the bustle of life in downtown Amherst. Friends meet each other in the Garden, children come with their parents to the Library and the Garden provides a place for them to be outside to enjoy nature and witness the changing color of the seasons. The Kinsey Garden shares its lovely expanse of green space with its neighbor, the Simeon Strong House, home of the Amherst Historical Society and Museum.
In 2015, Carol was asked by the Jones Library Director to cease overseeing the care of the Kinsey Garden. Sadly, since the announcement of the Demolition-Expansion, the Garden has been seriously NEGLECTED, beautiful groundcovers destroyed and weeds left to spread unchecked. Please join the effort to save this Green Gem.
One of several stone benches to enjoy the serenity of the Garden
HOW THE GARDEN CAME TO BE
The Kinsey Memorial Garden was a gift from Carol Pope in 1999, who created and designed the Garden as a memorial to her late husband, David Chapin Kinsey. The Garden was financed from donations to the Kinsey Memorial Fund. Carol chose to have those donations held by the Friends of the Library to be disbursed for the installation of the Garden. Over the next 16 years, Carol continued to oversee the work of the gardener and personally donated the funds for all the plants, an arbor and installation of the stone benches, walkways and patios that we all enjoy today.
A rich botanically diverse Garden that changes with the seasons
A COMMUNITY EFFORT BUILT THE GARDEN
The completion of the Garden was the result of the hard work of more than 60 volunteers from Amherst and nearby towns, Carol's friends and family, and students and colleagues of Professor David Chapin Kinsey from UMass. In addition, three Valley garden professionals, Tom Clark, Russ Billings, and Eugene Lawrence, donated many hours of their time and hard physical labor to clear the site of huge weed trees and library construction debris before installing all the new plant materials. Carol has said that the greatest tribute to her late husband, David was volunteers gathering in his memory, working together in community to create a garden oasis for the beloved Jones Library.
Nurtured into being by many, the Garden exists for all to enjoy today...and tomorrow.
A community of volunteers install the Garden
The Dedication Ceremony for the Kinsey Memorial Garden was held on October 10, 2000, with State Representative, Ellen Story and State Senator, Stan Rosenberg as guest speakers. The crowd in attendence numbered over 100, and a handmade commemorative book was created and donated to the Jones Library, Special Collections.
State Senator, Stan Rosenberg Dedication Ceremony
The Comemorative Book in Special Collections
The Garden started with Carol's vision and thrived under her watch