The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art


Immerse yourself in the remarkable tale of a pioneering woman with “The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art,” now available on Tohono Chul’s online store. In 1870, Sara Plummer, driven by ill health, embarked on a solo journey from the East Coast to the vast and challenging landscapes of the West. Settling in Santa Barbara at the age of thirty-three, she self-taught botany and established the town’s first library. A decade later, Sara married botanist John Gill Lemmon, and together they uncovered hundreds of new plant species. Sara, an accomplished artist, illustrated many of their discoveries. Despite her considerable expertise and contributions to scientific knowledge, Sara’s legacy was unfairly overshadowed, credited only as “J.G. Lemmon & wife.” This captivating book sheds light on Sara Plummer Lemmon’s extraordinary life, art, and scientific achievements, offering a long-overdue tribute to a forgotten botanical pioneer. Order now and rediscover the inspiring story of Sara Plummer Lemmon’s unparalleled contributions to the world of science and art.