May 25, 1988

May 25, 1988 The Board of Regents renames the East Garden of the Arts and Industries Building the “Mary Livingston Ripley Garden,” in honor of the wife of the eighth Secretary, S. Dillon Ripley.  Mrs. Ripley established the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and was a strong advocate for the development of Smithsonian gardens.

In the photo: From left, Valerie Burden of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee’s, Mary L. Ripley and horticulturalist James Buckler holding plans for the forthcoming Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, once known as the Sensory Garden or the East Garden. The garden was dedicated in the summer of 1988.

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives

Posted: 25 May 2012
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