Title

Profile of pioneering botanist Kate Furbish, who, in the 1870s, undertook to doc

Source

Down East

Date

7-1-1995

Pages

62-65, 86-87

Abstract

Profile of pioneering botanist Kate Furbish, who, in the 1870s, undertook to document all the plants growing in Maine. Self-taught in both science and painting, Furbish created scientifically accurate, yet artistic, watercolors of the plants. In 1908, at the age of seventy-four, she assembled her 1,326 watercolors into fourteen volumes and donated them to Bowdoin College. To Harvard College she gave her thousands of plant specimens. Furbish was later elected president of the Josselyn Botanical Society of Maine, and continued plant-hunting across Maine in her eighties. Her career is celebrated in a new book by Milbridge authors Ada Graham and Frank Graham, Jr. entitled "Kate Furbish and the Flora of Maine," published by Tilbury House.

Subjects

Botanists, Furbish, Kate

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