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Eremophila nivea in Neil Marriot’s garden near the Grampian Mountains, Victoria, Australia. Author’s photograph

Until the late 1980s, the Southern California Horticultural Society awarded scholarships to worthy college-level horticulture students. In 1988, the recipient was Tom Kuykendall, until recently director of the Bellevue Botanic Garden in Washington. Tom used the scholarship to study horticulturally important plants from the Australian flora for a period of a year at the University of Western Australia in Perth. I took advantage of Tom’s presence there to arrange for him to purchase and send to the Huntington Botanical Gardens some native Australian plants to expand our collection. Tom obtained plants from Lullfitz and Zanthorrhoea nurseries, two well-known native plant nurseries in the Perth region, and sent them to me in May and June of 1989. The shipment from Lullfitz included twelve plants of Eremophila nivea. Of those, six survived to be planted in the Australian Garden in April of 1991.

Eremophila is a large genus in the Myoporaceae, a family centered in Australia and uncommon in cultivation...

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