Doris W. Brumback, gardener

Doris W. Brumback, an avid gardener who assisted in the rejuvenation of Cylburn Arboretum in the 1970s and 1980s, died Jan. 18 of congestive heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The longtime Homeland resident was 92.

The daughter of a pharmacist and a homemaker, Doris Weltner was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.

After graduating in 1936 from Girls' Latin School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 from Goucher College.

During the 1940s, Mrs, Brumback worked for American Airlines.

"I was in ground personnel," she told The Baltimore Sun in a 1978 interview. "I read weather and waved everything in."

She left airline work in 1947 when she married Dr. Joseph E. Brumback Jr., an ophthalmologist.

In 1952, she and her husband, who died in 1997, settled into a home on Goodale Road in Homeland.

A bird watcher, Mrs. Brumback came to Cylburn in 1970 as a representative of the Maryland Ornithological Society and became interested in the gardens there.

By 1978, she had risen to chairwoman of the formal garden and was on Cylburn's board.

"Actually, I'm a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Once a week, it's my job to fill all the bird feeders because of my long legs," she said in the newspaper interview.

"I'm an inveterate course taker; one in botany at Baltimore Community College, now landscape design. My problem is that I read everything, then want to try it out."

Mrs. Brumback was known for her work with the All-America Selections Display Garden, which featured such plants as blue lace flower, gerbera, yellow galore marigolds and African daisy, among other flowering plants.

She also was involved with Cylburn's Test Garden — at the time one of 115 in the nation — which featured 80 new flowers and vegetables for trial supplied by the All-America Selections Display Gardens.

She was a member of the Horticultural Society of Maryland.

Mrs. Brumback was also a fan of mysteries. She took courses in the genre and served as a leader of a Towson mystery book club.

Since September, Mrs. Brumback had been a resident of Roland Park Place.

Mrs. Brumback was a parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 3 in the church's chapel.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Robert J. Brumback of Baltimore and William E. Brumback of Boston; and three grandchildren.

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