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 towns 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, Saras considerable contributions to scientific knowledge were credited merely as JG Lemmon & wife.
The Forgotten Botanist chronicles Saras 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 womens suffrage and forest conservation.