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"L" is for Lamboll, Elizabeth [circa 1725-1770]

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"L" is for Lamboll, Elizabeth [circa 1725-1770]. Botanist. As a skilled amateur gardener, Lamboll created one of Charleston's earliest gardens, composed primarily of indigenous flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. She readily shared seeds and cuttings with local gardeners. Descriptions of her gardening methods reveal that she prepared her plant beds with mold and raised or flattened them to assure adequate moisture for vegetation. She saved rainwater for irrigation purposes and covered her beds in winter with leaf mulch. She corresponded with John Bartram and introduced him to previously unknown plant species that he later documented in botanical publications. In 1760 the botanist reported that she had sent him a “noble cargo”-- a specimen of the magnolia tripetala or umbrella tree. In 1765 Bartram visited Elizabeth Lamboll in Charleston to see first hand her gardening techniques.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.