Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Patron Saint for Gardeners

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A Patron Saint for Gardeners

On April 20, 1586, Maria del Oliva, a woman of mixed Spanish and Incan descent, gave birth to a daughter whom she and her husband, Gaspar de Flores, named Isabel. As one of the family's Incan housemaids admired the newborn, she commented that the infant Isabel was lovely 'as a rose.' The compliment stuck; the …

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