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An unknown, pass-along PC iris in the editor's Seattle garden. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

My garden is pretty damp and inhospitable at this time of the year—best seen from the cozy side of a window. The rainy season is frighteningly late this year in California while here in the Pacific Northwest we grudgingly acknowledge this precious resourcebut yearn for the occasion to put our weatherproof garden gear back in the closet.

Yet, despite our differences, we are all gardeners united by a love of plants. Whether I’m standing in a San Diego garden filled with blossoming succulents or flowering acacias and grevilleas in January, or back home a few days later and celebrating the return of hellebore season—a quieter but no less welcome seasonal marker—my gardener’s heart beats a little quicker at the amazing variety around me. I got to thinking about how all these plants came to our collective attention, found their way into nurseries—and our gardens—and fueled a passion that puts us outdoors in all sorts of weather, feeds our constant curiosity, and prompts a resilience and optimism that carries from year t...

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