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The Columbia River Wildflower Discoveries of Lewis and Clark

A presentation by Joan Hockaday -

While Thomas Jefferson waited at the White House from Meriwether Lewis & William Clark for news of Native American tribes and possible trading partnerships along the way, scientists in Philadelphia were waiting for something else - specimens of newly discovered plants. They were not disappointed because in one of our country’s most fortunate coincidences, Lewis & Clark began their canoe ride home from their Pacific encampment just as spring was breaking along the Columbia River.

Joan Hockaday, lecturer and author, will discuss the lasting legacy of those Lewis & Clark discoveries and talk about the wildflowers, most remaining in cultivation today with several being named for the explorers.

Joan is the author of two West Coast landscape history books, Greenscapes: Olmsted’s Pacific Northwest (WSU Press, 2009) and The Gardens of San Francisco (Timber Press, Portland, 1988). She has helped put together wildflower tours along the Columbia River for the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and is currently on the Humanities Washington statewide speakers’ bureau for 2012-2014.

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