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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Albert Wilson papers
    source: Tolmach, Lucy
    creator: Wilson, Albert, 1903-1996
    Identifier/Call Number: M1397
    Physical Description: 32 Linear Feet (20 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1995
    Abstract: Material related to Wilson's career as horticulturalist, author, and broadcaster.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Albert Wilson papers (M1397). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Lucy Tolmach, 2003. Accession 2003-259.

    Biographical / Historical

    Albert Wilson (1903–1996), was an American botanist, landscape architect, author, teacher and lecturer on gardening and landscaping, and a TV and radio talk show personality who wrote several books popularizing gardening, as well as an autobiography. Albert Wilson was born in San Francisco and placed in an orphanage. He was saved from the 1906 earthquake when someone tossed him out the orphanage window to safety.
    He graduated from Lowell High School and later attended Stanford University, receiving a bachelor's degree in botany in 1927 and a master's in biology in 1934. He earned a teaching credential, and began speaking at garden clubs, later lecturing on gardening and landscaping at Stanford, the University of California Extension, College of San Mateo and Canada College. His first book, "Distinctive Trees, Shrubs, and Vines," was published in 1938. He later published more books on gardening as well as on his experiences in the orphanage. One title, "How Does Your Garden Grow," was a longtime best-seller. During World War II, he was drafted and assigned to design gardens at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri.
    Mr. Wilson became famous as a garden expert and had a series of radio and television shows, including a regular talk show broadcast on San Francisco's KGO, "Dig It with Albert" (originally called "How does your Garden grow"). He was also on the local PBS TV member station KQED and had a show on KCSM-TV in the late sixties. Wilson was a frequent guest lecturer at local gardening clubs and nurseries throughout the San Francisco Bay area, mentoring and befriending many attendees. He designed and built his home in 1929, on Creek Drive in Menlo Park, California. Wilson was also well known as a landscape architect, having designed Allied Arts and Fremont Park in Menlo Park, and countless backyards and gardens throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
    --adapted from his obituary and Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Wilson_(botanist))

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Horticulture -- California -- History
    Landscape gardening -- California.
    Tolmach, Lucy
    Wilson, Albert, 1903-1996