Lucy Ladd Stratton combined her diaries, letters home and newspaper articles to compose this delightful memoir about her discovery of wild flowers to paint and her accompanying adventures. Upon Lucy’s death in 1936, her 1568 fragile, intricate watercolor and gouache wild flower paintings on construction paper were sent to the Library of Congress. Sandy Nellis Lane photographed many of the paintings to insert them into Lucy’s beautiful prose and after ten years of traveling and editing, she has published her great great aunt’s works.
Born in Dalton, New Hampshire near the Connecticut River in 1834, Lucy Ladd attended the Seminary of South Newbury Vermont for High School. In 1862, George Stratton and Lucy were married and lived in either Manchester, NH where he was a symphony director and composer or Boston, Massachusetts, as George was an importer of musical instruments with a Boston address. By 1872 they were living and traveling in Europe where Lucy was taking painting lessons in Germany and painting landscapes in oil and watercolors. It was in 1882 while spending the summer in South Newbury, Vermont, overlooking the familiar Connecticut River that Lucy started on her wild flower journey.
The Trail of the Wild Flowers, Part II, Europe and America, 1885-1890, 1902-1916 is on its way, Lucy continued her trail through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria (basically the Alps) and back to America – New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Colorado.