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You Can Help Save the Spirit of Jones Library’s Kinsey Memorial Garden

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Kinsey Garden at Jones Library

In 1999, long-time Kestrel Land Trust member Carol Pope designed and installed the Kinsey Memorial Garden at the Jones Library in Amherst, in memory of her late husband, educator David Chapin Kinsey. Now, as the planned expansion of the Jones Library moves forward, the space to the north of the building where the Kinsey Garden is located is needed to accommodate the building addition.

The library’s expansion plan coincided with Kestrel’s move to our new headquarters on Bay Road in South Amherst, with a large yard in need of sprucing up. Carol suggested to Kestrel that a collaboration might help to save some of the memorial garden. A proposal was prepared for transplanting some of the plants, shrubs and small trees to Kestrel’s new location and the Jones Library trustees approved the plan in 2022. The Amherst Garden Club is also supporting this effort.

Jane Bryden, who is also an avid gardener and formerly served on Kestrel’s board, has led the effort to relocate plantings from the library to Kestrel. “Moving selected plants, and possibly some stone benches and Goshen stones, from the garden to Kestrel’s headquarters in late 2023 will help to maintain the loving spirit of this garden created by Carol in memory of her husband,” said Jane. She noted that transplanting mature plants and trees is costly and that it will be practical to move only a selection of plants from the existing garden.

The budget for preparing, moving, and transplanting small trees, large shrubs, and other plants to Kestrel’s headquarters is $15,000. With the generous support of the Amherst Garden Club and other members of the community, we’re more than halfway to raising the funds to make this project happen this fall.

This special project needs community support to provide a new home for plantings and to beautify the grounds of the land trust’s permanent home.

Please consider making a special gift to help move plantings from the Jones Library to Kestrel’s headquarters. Simply go to our Special Projects Donation page and select “Jones Library Garden Project” from the drop-down menu.

Thank you for your support of this beautiful vision!

Photo collage Jones Library Kinsey Garden flowers shrubs trees
Some of the plantings and other features of the Kinsey Memorial Garden at Jones Library. Photo by amherstma.gov
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