Natalie Potter, Mrs. Nathaniel Bowditch Potter, Ignatius Sargent, and Alice Sargent leaving the Arnold Arboretum after the memorial service for Charles Sprague Sargent
Photograph by George E. Lawrence Company (n.d.), Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Arnold Arboretum, Emerald Necklace, Boston, MA, United States
June 8, 1927
Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), was the founding director of the Arnold Arboretum. Born to a prominent Boston family, Sargent contributed his tenacity, horticultural knowledge, and commitment to education to shaping the Arnold Arboretum in its first fifty years.
Sargent published extensively, including The Silva of North America in twelve volumes, and inaugurated the Arboretum’s program for plant exploration. His influence on silviculture and forestry was felt nationally and influenced efforts to conserve American forests, particularly in the Catskills and Adirondacks. Sargent also created The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1893 with a donation of over six thousand volumes.
The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) papers, 1868- , in addition to his voluminous correspondence. You can read the writings of Sargent in Arnoldia, and in Arboretum Publications.
We also highly recommend Charles Sprague Sargent and the Arnold Arboretum by S. B. Sutton. This is the definitive biography of a pioneering figure in horticulture, plant exploration, and natural history.
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