Whether they are nurturing succulents or ferns or potato plants, green-thumbed members of the Wellesley community bring the spirit of caregiving into their spaces and routines. All first-years receive a plant from the College’s Botanic Gardens during orientation; for those who commit to cultivating them, the plants provide a reminder of the growth that takes place over the course of an undergraduate career. For some faculty members, office plants they have kept alive for decades serve as a tie to their earliest days on campus. Some Wellesley students and faculty have even gone the extra mile and built filtration and hydration systems to keep their plants healthy through winter months of dry indoor heat.
Meet some of Wellesley’s plant parents and their progeny.