Project Launch: Ada Hayden Online Exhibit & Digital Collection

May 29th of this year marks 100 years after Ada Hayden graduated as the first woman to receive a PhD from Iowa State. Who was Ada Hayden?  She was a botanist, educator, ISU faculty member, ISU alumna, ecologist, illustrator, photographer, and, as she may be best known for: staunch advocate for prairie preservation. The list…

From the Collections: Agave parryi

Although the diary above shows a sketch of a plant titled “Agave Mescali (?)”, the real Agave parryi is named after the diary’s author, Charles C. Parry. Parry’s Agave in the Prescott National Forest, 1959. (Bluford W. Muir, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database)   Parry encountered the plant in the summer of 1850 near…