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Harrisburg: The City Beautiful

Horticulture Societies

Not only did Mira Lloyd Dock work in the Pennsylvania state government to get legistlation passed for public parks, but also travelled all over the state teaching and establishing organizations to continue the work in more cities. She was the founder of the Civic Club in Harrisburg, taught at the School of Forestry which she donated to in 1903, and helped too establish the School of Horticulture for women. (ExplorePAHistory.com) Though a patron of many different societies for women and men, Dock helped to fund the School of Horticulture, donated textbooks, and was even part of a committee to pick the headmaster. (Haives 1) The school consulted Dock on a number of occasions, asking her things from her opinion on government control in landscaping matters (Lee 1) to writing an article espousing the opportunites for women in forestry. (Parris 1) These new societies were heavily involved in community outreach, promoting the idea of learning to garden to anyone who was willing to listen. They wanted to educate any and everyone woman they could reach out to. Thanks to Dock, the Society of Horticulture for Women and many others spread the idea of a clean city across the state and soon across the nation. It also gave a new voice to women, who now skilled in horticulture, could write articles of encouragement to other women and become directly involved in the community debate over public green spaces. (Lee 2)

Haives, Jane B. Jane B Haives to Mira Lloyd Dock. 1910. Pennsylvania State Archive.

Lee, Elizabeth Leightor. Elizabeth Leightor Lee to Mira Lloyd Dock. 1911. Pennsylvania State Archive.

“Mira Lloyd Dock Historical Marker.” ExplorePAHistory.com, 2010. http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-3C4.

Parris, Marrion. Marrion Parris to Mira Lloyd Dock. 1909. Pennsylvania State Archive.