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Woman Boss Over 15 Laborers

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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
November
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

The Michigan Central is putting in about $1,000 to beautify its Aim Arbor depot gronnds. Fif teen men are uow busily engaged in the work, and they are entirely in charge of a womaii, who directs where every spade of earth shall be taken out and where every shrub is to be put in. Landscape gardening and the personal directiou of laboring men seeins to be a rather stránge vocation for a woman, yet Mrs. Francés Oopley Seavey, of Chicago, who has charge of the work here, seenis to be entirely competent. One of the laboring men was ap proached by an Argus reporter and asked how he liked working under the direction of a woman. "Well,it was kind o' strange at first but I guess it's all right, " said he. "Does she really boss you around?" "Does she? Well, don 't you ever believe but what she does. What she says, goes. Why, when she ordered that fountain taken out from the east side of the depot, there was a big kick. But, what's the use. She said 'take it up, 'and tip it carne. Yes, sirree, she's the boss of the hill thing. " Mrs. Seavey was hunted up by the Argus man. She is a fine and intelligent woman. She is a writer oí' considerable note on the subject of landscape gardening and contribiites'largely to magazines. She is thoroughly practical, and not only does the designing but personally superintends the work of seeing that her designs are carried out. Said she: "The entire aspect of the grounds about the depot will be changed. The Michigan Central asked me to submit a plan and I did so. It was approved last July, and I have been busy collecting the material, shrubs, viues, small trees, etc. We hope to have the work completed by the end of next week. The grounds at the top of the hill will present a frame work of larger trees, and from there down to the depot it will merge into the vinous aspect. It will be mv object to give the grounds as nearly the native appearance as possible. Nothing but trees, vines, shubs and the most hardy herbaceous plants will be used. At the east and west end of the depot it will be more gardenesque. But in time the big slope south of the depot will be so covered that not a single spot of grass will be diseernable. Next summer it will bear quite a leaf y appearance. ' ' The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti depot grounds will tlms.be as different as can be irnagined. The Ann Arbor grouuds will have only the hardy shrubs, vines and plants. The Ypsilanti grounds will be a model of flower gardening. It will make a striking contrast to greet'the eyes of the traveling public.