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Jane Chapman

Jane Chapman walked her dog in Highland Park in the 1960’s and in the process developed an early love for the Frederick Law Olmsted designed park. Her interests in plants, the environment, and the history of gardening found a good match when she joined the Rochester Garden Club in 1981.  Jane has served actively with RGC including the club’s President in 2004-2006.  As President Jane represented the RGC at the 2004 Dedication of the Iris Friendship Garden in Highland Park and presented the bronze educational signage for the garden as a gift from the RGC.  The RGC has a long association with Highland Park including the Poet’s Garden in 1915, the project which qualified the club for membership in the Garden Club of America, and most recently the generous gift of restoration of the Pansy Bed in celebration of RGC 100th Anniversary. Nationally, Jane has served two terms as Garden Club of America’s Chairman of Scholarships & Awards for Summer Environmental Studies. In that capacity she traveledto many college campuses to monitor the scholarship recipients’ work and to monitor environmental studies off-site.  Her interests and journeys bring her back to work with the Highland Park Conservancy to further their mission on behalf of the park she loves.