Dr. Judith M. Taylor’s books include: The Olive in California: history of an immigrant tree (2000); Tangible Memories: Californians and their gardens 1800 – 1950 (2003); The Global Migrations of Ornamental Plants: how the world got into your garden (Missouri Botanical Garden Press 2009; Visions of Loveliness: the work of forgotten flower breeders (Ohio University Press 2014); and An Abundance of Flowers: more great flower breeders of the past (Ohio University Press 2018); A Five Year Plan for Geraniums: Growing Flowers Commercially in East Germany 1946–1989.
A graduate of Somerville College, Oxford and the Oxford University Medical School, Taylor moved to the United States in 1959 and became a board-certified neurologist. She practiced neurology in New York and then moved to San Francisco with her husband, Irvin S. Taylor, MD. The beauty of her surroundings led her to delve even more deeply into horticultural history.
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