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Louisa Yeomans King

From: United States: Michigan, New Jersey, New York
Fields: Agriculture and Horticulture
Key Words/Phrases: co-founder of the Garden Club of America
Louisa King, the first president of the Women's National Farm and Garden Association, was born in 1863 in Washington, New Jersey, U.S.A. Her interest and dedication to gardening were influenced by her mother's home garden where over 200 herbs were grown.

King was in 1913 one of the founders of the Garden Club of America and from 1914 to 1921 she served as president of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. In 1915 she published The Well-Considered Garden and later on she published several more gardening books. In 1921 she received the George White Medal of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. This was the highest gardening honor in the U.S. and she was the first woman to receive it. She was also a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain.
Louisa King died in 1948 in Milton, Massachusetts.

Contributed by Danuta Bois, 1996.

The Book of Women's Firsts: Breakthrough Achievements of Almost 1,000 American Women by Phyllis J. Read and Bernard L. Witlieb, Random House, 1992


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