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Jonesborough set to say farewell to Frances Lamberts

Contributed • Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 5:19 PM

A farewell reception for Frances Lamberts is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26  at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. The public is invited to come and wish Ms. Lamberts well as she journeys back to her native Germany to be with her family there.

Frances Lamberts has lived in the Town of Jonesborough for almost 40 years, moving to Northeast Tennessee for higher education and then becoming the Psychology Director at the Greene Valley Development Center.

Early on, Ms. Lamberts became engaged in various environmental initiatives, and was inspired with the idea of showing how native plant species could be used to enhance the beauty of very unlikely facilities like the Town’s Recycling Center and Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Almost single-handedly, Frances Lamberts began developing a butterfly garden at the entrance to the Town’s Recycling and Wastewater facilities, working tirelessly over a period of decades to improve and expand the garden area.

Ms. Lamberts developed a group of volunteer supporters and raised money to purchase plants and trees, and carried out an extensive expansion of not only the butterfly garden, but the entire open space area in front of the Recycling Center.

After stepping back and looking at the wonderful success of the plantings over the years and realizing she had planted more than the number of native trees needed to meet the requirements to become a state-certified arboretum, Ms. Lamberts applied for and was awarded official State Certification for Ardinna Woods Arboretum in Jonesborough, becoming one of only about 35 certified arboretums in the state.

In addition to her constant effort to properly plant, weed, prune and divide native plants and trees in the Arboretum area, Frances Lamberts became an environmental writer with a regular column in the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune and many articles in regional newspapers as well as a source of articles in various publications including the Tennessee Conservationist.

In her eighth decade, Frances Lamberts has decided to return to her native Germany and her family there, and hand over the management of the Arboretum and butterfly garden to the Town and the Tree and Townscape Board.

In celebration and recognition of her contributions to the Town of Jonesborough and to bid her farewell, the Town is proclaiming Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 to be Frances Lamberts Day in the Town of Jonesborough.

Please contact Rachel Conger for more information at 423-753-0485.

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