Tracey Lee Nielsen, my only daughter, accepted my nomination for Leaders of Lake County Awards, 2015 at the breakfast provided by Shaw Media for their Suburban Living. Here’s what she spoke to the listening faces. “I’m here to recognize my mother Linda W. Curtis as one of the difference makers in Lake County. She is due back in town next month so I have the honor of telling you a little bit about her and her impact on Lake County. Linda Curtis is a botanist who rediscovered the water marigold in Lake Villa’s Cedar Lake. In 1998, the Chicago Tribune did a wonderful article on her calling her the Lady of the Lake after this discovery. Ever since Mom retired from the science department of the College of Lake County, she continues her botany research with my Dad helping her in and out of ditches, through bogs and through very remote areas. I had to ask my parent to leave a log of their botanical journeys on their refrigerator in case they go missing one day! Linda has been a Friend of the Lake Villa library and volunteer herbarium coordinator of Volo Bog. My mom has a knock for finding rare plants and sharing her discoveries with herbaria across the country. She photographs and notes the location or gps of the plants, some never cataloged before. She writes articles for professional magazines, including Erigenia and Harbinger for Illinois Native Plant Society, Palmetto for the Florida Native Plant Society, and WES, Wisconsin Entomological Society. She is a self-published author of three books and a favorite speaker for plant societies.
Linda will speak to the DuPage Wild Ones on June 18 at Volo Bog, 2016. And Linda will sell both Woodland Carex and Bog-FenCarex at the Conserve Lake County Plant Sale on May 16.