Frances Tenenbaum: Editor and Friend of the CPL
Exhibition Location: Sakey Room, Stone Building
Frances Mendelson Tenenbaum 1919–2013
Frances Tenenbaum was raised on Long Island and educated at the University of Michigan and Columbia University. Stubborn, charming, curious, generous, with an enviable sense of humor, Fran was a writer, editor, bridge player, gardener, bird-watcher and friend.
In 1943, she married Frank Tenenbaum, and in 1972 moved to Cambridge. In 1973, she wrote, and daughter Jane illustrated, Gardening with Wild Flowers. In 1980, she co-wrote Diet Against Disease, long before the diet-health link became a national obsession. A gray panther before she turned gray, she wrote Over 55 Is Not Illegal, about staying active while aging.
At Houghton Mifflin, she specialized in books for the American gardener, turning the Taylor Encyclopedia of Garden Plants into a series of “exceptionally useful” books (New York Times). She envisioned and edited The Secret Gardens of Cambridge for Cambridge Public Library, and won awards: American Horticultural Society, 1999; 2008; Mass. Horticultural Society Gold Medal, 2001; Garden Writers Assoc., 2004; N.Y. Horticultural Society, 2011. Frances was a longtime supporter of the Cambridge Public Library and served on the board of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.
A list of Frances’ books available at the Cambridge Public Library, can be found here.