The Louise B. Belsterling Foundation

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The Louise B. Belsterling Foundation


Each year the Louise B. Belsterling Foundation of the Dallas Garden Club generously donates funds to add to the growing number of books in the library.

Created on June 9, 1971, the organization receives gifts bequeathed by will of the late Mrs. Belsterling. The Texas Research Foundation transferred its inheritance from Mrs. Belsterling to the Foundation.

The income is used not only to grant scholarships for research in horticulture at the graduate level, but also to donate to the Belsterling Library.

One of these acquisitions is a copy of Flora Londinensis, which is an exceptionally clean first edition that is virtually free from transfers. Printed in 1777, it features more than 400 hand-colored engraved plates. No more than 300 were produced, and the McDermott volume is one of the few surviving complete copies. It also marks the library's one-millionth acquisition to its holdings.

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