MARIETTA, OHIO (10/26/2017) Jane Taylor '57 of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was named the 2017 Distinguished Alumna during Marietta College's homecoming festivities from Oct. 19-22.
Taylor, who won the 1995 Silver Seal Award from the National Council of State Garden Clubs, was the founding curator of the national award-winning Michigan 4-H Children's Garden in Michigan State University's 17-acre Horticulture Gardens.
The Garden has been called "...the most creative half-acre in America" and is considered the national model for the design of gardens for children at public garden sites.
Taylor, who was also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State, received the eponymous "Jane L. Taylor Great American Gardeners Award," from the American Horticulture Society. She also received the Nancy Putnam Howard Award for Excellence in Horticulture, along with her husband Lee, from the Herb Society of America.
Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors and was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, the Geological Society and Greek Government at Marietta.
Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 majors and has been listed among Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Peterson's Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation's best by Forbes.com.