UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
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Our most recent article, as published in the Mt. Democrat newspaper:  

Clarkia amoena named after Captain William Clark
Clarkia amoena named after Captain William Clark

What’s in a Name?
By Becky Rounds
UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County

While vacationing in England a few years ago, I visited the London Garden Museum in the 15th century St. Mary-at-Lambeth Church on the south bank of the Thames, across the river from the Houses of Parliament. The historic church was deconsecrated in 1973, then rescued and repurposed as a Garden Museum because it was the final resting place of John Tradescant (1570-1638), Britain’s first great gardener and plant hunter. One of my favorite plants, Tradescantia or Spiderwort, is named for him because he brought it back to England from Virginia for cultivation in the early 1600s.

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