It was late January when Jared Chauncey, Senior Horticulturist and arid plant expert at the Missouri Botanical Garden, noticed that something extraordinary was about to happen: an Agave pelona was sending up a flowering stalk. It was about to bloom. These plants live for decades before sending up the only bloom of their lifetime—they are…
Dr. Anna Isabel Mulford: Botanical Groundbreaker
In 1895, Anna Isabel Mulford would become the first student—of any gender—to earn a PhD from Washington University.