Friday, January 3, 2014
I have a new book to teach me how to draw flowers.
While thinking about them, I had the urge to look up the history of the Native Plants Society of Texas.
As usual, it was started by one man with a dream.
Carroll Abbott was called in by the president of TWU, Dr. Huey, to help with a 1930’s wildflower garden at TWU, which later received a Historical Marker from the State Historical Commission.
The Native Plant Society of Texas was established at TWU with the organizational skills of Dr. Huey and her students at TWU in 1980.
Carroll Abbott worked on his passion for years, while serving as a political writer and campaign manager, which finally culminated in his acquaintance with Ladybird Johnson.
She, of course, established the National Wildflower Research Center, using seeds from Abbott’s company, Green Horizons.
In the course of reading about the efforts required to lobby for wildflowers, educate legislators, sell seeds, start a company, support a family, sell calendars, do whatever was required, I realized that here is one more life story of a worthwhile cause.
That is our gift.
To find a worthwhile cause that truly defines our nature and to follow it to its success.
That is all.
© 2014 Kathryn Hardage