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One of these was her fern garden. Although her college duties were particularly demanding during the spring semester, Terry nevertheless made time to maintain a flower bed in front of Hubbard House and a small fern garden, in which she took special delight. Many of the ferns were sent to her by her friend George Davenport: "My sincere thanks for the precious things [fern plants] which came to me yesterday from you. . Our gardener . . has potted them . . so they will be ready to put into the ground in the spring.

Its longer and less crowded leaves, much greater size, and erect growth distinguished it from the usual low Common Juniper. It was the first report of the species in the state. ) with many bright yellow blossoms, growing in a damp mossy hollow. 11 It was the summer season, however, that brought Terry freedom and her greatest happiness in botany. 12 She climbed the used to carry specimens mountains (Dorset Mountain, at 3,804 feet, was "quite a while in the field, was an essential piece of equipment tramp," she said—she was the first woman to reach its for the plant collector.

Now art gave way to science in Terry's life. Briefly for her, but enduringly for us, the two were joined in her paintings of the flora of Minnesota. 40 oA^^^ In spite of all my troubles and worries about my ferns, I love them, and I love my work. . As long as I live I shall work in botany, if I have any eyes to see. 1 She no doubt was thinking ahead only a year or two when she spoke of her plans, but her statement takes on a certain prophetic quality when we consider her life as a whole. For four decades art prevailed; the study of nature came afterward.

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