Edwin Jellett

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Edwin Costley Jellett (November 22, 1860 – March 8, 1929) was an American engineer, botanist, gardener, photographer, artist, and diarist who wrote books and articles about Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and its flora. His writing covers Germantown's historic homes, natural environment, gardens, and prominent residents. He was active in the Germantown Horticultural Society and in the Germantown Historical Society. A collection of his papers is held by the University of Pennsylvania[1] and Historical Society of Pennsylvania.[2] Jewett wrote a series of weekly articles titled A Flora of Germantown that was published in Germantown's The Independent Gazette newspaper every Friday for almost 40 weeks in 1903 and covered plants, flowers, and local history noted from his wanderings in Northwest Philadelphia (Germantown). The Awbury Arboretum republished the articles online in celebration of its centennial in 2016.[3][4] Each week's entry ended with a list of the plants that had been noted including the common and Latin name.[5] He worked as a draughtsman.[6]

Jellett traveled by trolley and train to visit various regional destinations.[7][6] Jellett was an officer of the Mermaid Club for many years and served as the group's president for several.[8]


  • Germantown, Old and New: Its Rare and Notable Plants by Edwin C. Jellett 1904[9]
  • Germantown Gardens and Gardeners by Edwin C. Jellett
  • Personal Recollections of William Kite by Edwin C. Jellett, 1901 (about the librarian)
  • The Mermaid of the Past, 1892
  • Ferns of Germantown, 1896
  • The Mermaid Club, its Past and Future, 1897
  • Winter Flora of Germantown, 1901
  • German-Towne: Its Founders and Their Progenitors, and What We Owe Them, 1903
  • A Flora of Germantown, with Notes of Nature and Nature Lovers, 1903


  1. ^ "Edwin C. Jellett papers, 1874-1931". dla.library.upenn.edu.
  2. ^ "Description: Edwin Costley Jellett papers". discover.hsp.org.
  3. ^ ""The Country in the City" Centennial Blog - Awbury Arboretum".
  4. ^ "Introduction to "The Country in the City" - Awbury Arboretum". Awbury Arboretum (includes a photograph of Jellett).
  5. ^ "April 10, 1903 - Awbury Arboretum".
  6. ^ a b IV, John Henry Hepp (29 June 2018). The Middle-Class City: Transforming Space and Time in Philadelphia, 1876-1926. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 9780812204056 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Divall, Colin; Bond, Winstan (29 September 2017). Suburbanizing the Masses: Public Transport and Urban Development in Historical Perspective. Routledge. ISBN 9781351776929 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ The Record of a Reading Club: An Account of the Aims, Methods and Work of the ... Club. 1877-1887. The Club. 2 October 1888 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Germantown, old and new;".