Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-xii

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Foreword

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pp. xiii-xvi

Emotions ran high when I was invited to write the foreword to The Crosby Arboretum, by Robert Brzuszek, a former graduate student of memorable abilities and sensitivities. In addition to having warm feelings for Bob and regard for his work in graduate studies at Louisiana State University, I have other personal ties to...

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Preface

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pp. xvii-xxii

This is a story about place. It originates in a most unlikely location—in the scrubby pine fields of south Mississippi. The Interpretive Center of the Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University Extension, lies on the fringe of a railroad town known as Picayune, Mississippi. Nearly equidistant between the bustling cities...

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1: The Land and Its People

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pp. 1-11

Like the deep sedimentary soils that it rests upon, south Mississippi is composed of many layers. The coastal cities of Biloxi and Gulfport contour their shorelines along the Gulf of Mexico with brightly lit casinos and miles of imported sandy beach. These waterside cities enjoy a steady industry of fishing, tourism, and...

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2: The Story

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pp. 12-31

The Crosby Arboretum’s history mirrors that of the greater landscape. It is a story of the extraction of natural resources and of wrestling a living from an unforgiving land. As the Mississippi territories opened for purchase in the early 1800s, speculators from faraway northern and eastern states bought large tracts of southern...

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3: The Genesis of the Crosby Arboretum

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pp. 32-56

The earliest humans were inspired by nature. This is evident from the first simple yet striking cave drawings at Lascaux, France, and the touching remnants of cut flowers placed in Neanderthal graves: there is enduring evidence of people evoking nature.1 We are instinctively drawn to our world’s lushness and its healing qualities...

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4: The Architecture of Fay Jones

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pp. 57-67

Euine Fay Jones was always interested in building. As a high school student in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he once saw a short film on the Johnson Wax building in Racine, Wisconsin. The architect of the building was Frank Lloyd Wright, and this brief glimpse of a futuristic building inspired Fay to make his career as an architect...

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5: Design and Construction of the Piney Woods Lake

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pp. 68-74

From discussions with other garden directors, the arboretum staff realized that Pinecote needed a major attraction beyond the plant community concept, and they determined that feature would relate to water. Blake summarized the need for an aquatic exhibit: “Utilizing the magic that water extracts from the human...

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6: The Major Exhibits of Pinecote

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pp. 75-98

As Pinecote’s infrastructure was being refined in the arboretum’s Master Plan, botanist Chris Wells continued to hone the plant community exhibit structure. To guide the plantings at the arboretum grounds, he devised descriptions for each of the plant community exhibits and compiled a list of plant species that occurred...

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7: An Arboretum Grows

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pp. 99-109

The Crosby Arboretum began a few public education programs while the young site was being developed in the mid-1980s. The facility offered limited tours for local groups, but as Blake wrote in his notebook from...

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Epilogue

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pp. 110-116

The Crosby Arboretum is dedicated to showing and explaining to visitors how natural processes work in the Piney Woods region of the Gulf Coast. Future generations will see a much different forest, just as early visitors saw the transformation of young shrubs from an open field. When they considered its possibilities as an educational facility, Crosby’s founders looked around with fresh eyes and responded...

Appendix: Awards Received by the Crosby Arboretum

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pp. 117-118

Notes

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pp. 119-126

Bibliography of the Crosby Arboretum

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pp. 127-130

Index

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pp. 131-138