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April 4 General Meeting - Isabelle Bowen Henderson: Raleigh Artist & Horticulturalist 1899-1969 with guest speaker Russ Stephenson

Russ Stephenson will present a program on his great-aunt Isabelle Henderson’s talents as an artist and gardener.  In 1937, she created a magical enclave of Colonial Revival dwellings and outbuildings combined with display and working gardens in the style of the 1930’s.  Russ and his wife Ellen have embarked on a restoration according to the color photos and slides that Henderson produced in the 1950’s and 60’s.  The over thirty years of physical records of her work at her Oberlin Road home is a treasury of early 20th century American garden design and architecture.

Russ graduated summa cum laude in Environmental Design in Architecture from NC State’s College of Design.  In the 1980's Russ assisted with the property's National Register of Historic Places Nomination.  During those years, Russ also studied horticulture and landscape design under JC Raulston.  The last 12 years, Russ has served on the Raleigh City Council, where he brings his architectural and urban design training to the challenges of a growing city.

Luncheon Menu:  Fresh Fruit Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu with Mustard Cream Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Fresh Steamed Broccoli, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.