By Ingrid Birker
Carrie Derick: Canada’s first woman professor, suffragette, social reformer, and founder of McGill’s Genetics Department. Source: Smithsonian Institution/Wikimedia Commons
“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree”: US poet Joyce Kilmer’s words have become somewhat of a cliché, but this is only because they are true. Few things are more beautiful than the urban forest of McGill in springtime when the buds and blossoms burst forth. If a tree is a poem, then it should be no surprise that the “Trees of McGill” have inspired more than one author to pen a book by that name.
About 90 years ago Canada’s first woman professor, a botanist, gardener, suffragette, social reformer, and founder of McGill’s Genetics Department, wrote the first “Trees of McGill”, a booklet documenting the history and landscaping of the downtown campus. (more…)