|Death: ||Aug., 2008|
Famous for her gardens in Laguna Beach, California. Many gardeners and plant observers would compare the garden of Hortense Miller to the palace grounds of Versailles. With over 1500 specimens of plants including exotic Puya stalks from Chile, and a wild mix of coastal rub. The garden has been tended to every day for five decades and continues to get better. The two and a half acre property receives visitors from all over by many gardeners and horticulturists who make the pilgrimage to see the spectacular creation she has grown from the ragged slopes of Boat Canyon.
Miller was born on September 9, 1908, in her parents' two-bedroom house in St. Louis. At the young age of eleven she decided to become a vegetarian. Miller graduated from Harris Teachers College and also studied drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago. She became a substitute teacher in Webster Groves and made six dollars a day. She would often take her students to study plants, sinkholes, and other bits of nature.
In 1942 Miller married her husband Oscar, a wealthy lawyer whom she met on a paddle-wheel boat cruise on the Mississippi River. The couple traveled to many places such as Europe, Russia, England, India, Iran, and Mexico. When Oscar retired in 1950, they moved from Chicago to Laguna Beach so that she could have a year round garden. The couple bought a pitched steep property in Boat Canyon. Her husband Oscar died in 1959.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cypress)
Created by: Reginald Reginald
Record added: Apr 07, 2013
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