Since 1923 Marie Aull, who turned 100 on Jan. 8, 1997, has been welcoming visitors to Aullwood Garden, a 30-acre country garden near Englewood Dam.
Mrs. Aull is also the founder of Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, a 200-acre nature sanctuary.
Background on Marie Aull:
Family: Her parents were Anthony and Rose Dickhaus Sturwold. She had an older sister, Catherine.
Education: She studied botony and geology at the University of Cincinnati.
Marriage: On June 23, 1923, Marie Sturwold married John Aull, president of the Aull Brothers Paper and Box Company. She was 26; he 57. John Aull died on Jan. 1, 1955 at age 89. The Aulls had no children.
Aullwood Garden: In 1907 John Aull had purchased a 150-acre farm along the Stillwater River to use as a vacation retreat. After their marriage in 1923 the Aulls decided to live at the farm year-round.
The couple began developing a wildflower garden almost immediately and from the start encouraged visitors.
Aullwood Audubon Center: After John Aull's death, Marie donated the 70-acre farmland section of their property to the Audubon Society, keeping the 30-acre Aullwood Garden and home for herself. Aullwood Center opened on Nov. 2, 1957.
AULLWOOD FOUNDER 100
* In addition to assisting many worthy organizations, Marie Aull has welcomed visitors to her famed garden retreat since 1923.
By Mary McCarty Dayton Daily News Published: 01/08/97 -- Page: 1B
Click below to generate a search on the Dayton Daily News library for more stories on this topic.