Hooker had an enduring passion for plants and discovered many of the ones that grow in our gardens today.
The genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).
Many American gardeners have tried to imitate aspects of English gardens.
When the United Nations met for the first time after World War II, each of the 50 members found one blossom of this symbolic rose in their hotel room.
Chicory is a weedy looking late herb, but when it blooms it transforms itself with scores of small sky blue daisy like flowers.
In July Americans celebrate Independence Day and the French celebrate Bastille Day so it seems appropriate to think about red, white and blue flowers.
It has many virtues, such as a spicy perfume, reliability, and rich colors.
Wildflowers seem to be the introverts of the botanical world, happy in private rather than public places, avoiding regimentation.
So while we cherish our natives, if we add a Japanese dogwood to our landscape that is a good choice too.
Thomas Dolliver Church created a modern landscape design esthetic that is seen all over California.