Writer/editor/graphic designer Wynne Brown’s most recent book is The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art, published in November 2021 by the University of Nebraska Press. She is also the author of the award-winning books More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women (Globe Pequot Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, 2012) and The Falcon Guide to Trail Riding Arizona (Globe Pequot Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), in addition to being the co-editor of Cave Creek Canyon: Revealing the Heart of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains (ECO Wear & Publishing 2014, 2019). She serves as president of the Chiricahua Regional Council and represents Pima County as a member of the Arizona Historical Society State Board of Directors. Her website is www.wynnebrown.com.
The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon's Life of Science and Art
[From the back cover] The Forgotten Botanist is the account of an extraordinary woman who, in 1870, was driven by ill health to leave the East Coast for a new life in the West—alone. At thirty-three, Sara Plummer relocated to Santa Barbara, where she taught herself botany and established the town’s first library. Ten years later she married botanist John Gill Lemmon, and together the two discovered hundreds of new plant species, many of them illustrated by Sara, an accomplished artist. Although she became an acknowledged botanical expert and lecturer, Sara’s considerable contributions to scientific knowledge were credited merely as “J.G. Lemmon & wife.”
The Forgotten Botanist chronicles Sara’s remarkable life, in which she and JG found new plant species in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Mexico and traveled throughout the Southwest with such friends as John Muir and Clara Barton. Sara also found time to work as a journalist and as an activist in women’s suffrage and forest conservation.
The Forgotten Botanist is a timeless tale about a woman who discovered who she was by leaving everything behind. Her inspiring story is one of resilience, determination, and courage—and is as relevant to our nation today as it was in her own time.