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"Gardening Without Cultivation" advertisements

 Collection — Folder: S2438
Identifier: S2438

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two advertisment cards for Thomas E. Doyle's "Gardening Without Cultivation" business. The first card is from circa 1976 and includes photographic images of Doyle's blackberry bush and the blackberries on one side and a paragraph about "Doyle's Thornless Blackberry" on the reverse side. The second card is from 1978 and includes a photograph of the branches of the blackberry bush on one side and information regarding the prices of his blackberry plants and his toxic free black plastic printed on the reverse side.


  • circa 1976-1978

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Thomas Earl Doyle was born June 26, 1900 in Harrison Township, Daviess County, Indiana to Martin and Cecily (Kelly) Doyle. He married Rose N. Nalin on September 28, 1927 and they raised six children in the town of Washington. Following Rose's death in 1974, he married Louise Young Richardson on May 10, 1980. Doyle attended Indiana State Normal (now Indiana State University) and taught shool from 1922 to 1925. He was also active in the construction business for 55 years and worked as a letter carrier for the post office for 30 years. Dyle discovered a thornless blackberry bush in the early 1970s and developed a method of using black plastic to cover a garden. He marketed his bushes and garden covers under the name "Gardening Without Cultivation." He received a patent for "Doyle's Thornless Blackberry" in 1975 and was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1978. Doyle passed away at the age of 100 on January 13, 2001.


"Obituaries and Funerals: Thomas Doyle." Washington Times-Herald (IN), January 15, 2001.

Walker, Shirley. "Big On Berries." Indianapolis Star (IN), May 4, 1980.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/10/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/10/26 by Laura Eliason.
"Gardening Without Cultivation" advertisements
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.