Alumna shares efforts of two lifetimes:
Eleanor Lachman donates plants she and late husband, William, developed
R. Buchholz, Chronicle staff
developed by Eleanor Lachman and her late husband, William,
are being planted around campus by Grounds Maintenance personnel.
(Stan Sherer photo)
campus spots are sporting an array of hostas and day lilies, thanks
to the generosity of alumna Eleanor Lachman,'37, '38G, who gave
the plant material to the University last year. And she decided
to donate more plants for additional gardens this year, according
to Marc Fournier, assistant director of Physical Plant for Grounds
between the Public Health Center and Morrill Science Center, at
the southeast corner of Hills South, at Hillside, and at the northwest
corner of the Worcester Dining Commons all contain plants donated
giving more than 1,100 plants to the University last year, most
of them day lilies, Lachman toured the four gardens in which they
had been used. She then gave Fournier permission to remove plants
from her yard at home to bring to campus.
a really nice partnership," Fournier said. "These are
perennials. We'll be able to split them and plant them in other
gardens over time. The staff is excited; they've learned a lot about
new varieties of day lilies."
and her late husband William, who taught in the Plant and Soil Sciences
Department for 40 years, bred the plants as a hobby, developing
a number of new cultivars to the industry over the years. They sold
them through Lachman Gardens, a side business, Fournier said.
is valuable plant material," said Bill Bramlage, head of Plant
and Soil Sciences. "My wife and I were in North Carolina at
a progressive nursery in July, and they had quite a few plants that
Bill and Eleanor had developed.
were some of the pioneers in this. When they started, there was
very little variety and hostas were ugly plants. They developed
a number of new hosta types; this is beautiful stuff.
is going to put a lot of zing into the appearance of the campus.
The impact will really come into play in the next two, three, four
years when the plants start to become stronger. It's going to be
Management personnel have already added hostas and day lilies to
the front of Conte Polymer Research Center, and Fournier said there
are plans for several more gardens and a marker to recognize the
going to put a stone thanking them for the gift at the Worcester
Dining Commons garden," he said.