Purdy, Carl–(1861-1945)–Ukiah, California–established
his nursery in 1879. He specialized in California natives.
He started collecting native seeds, bulbs and plants in about 1875 when
he was only in his teens, for a nurseryman in the eastern United States.
He traveled widely as a collector and was a school teacher for a while.
In 1903 collecting native bulbs was his principal work. His first
catalog was published in 1896. He also did landscaping in the San Francisco
Bay area. He was especially interested in native lilies and collaborated
with L. H. Bailey in writing on California bulbs for the Cyclopedia
of American Horticulture. His grandson, Carl Mahurin wrote a
biography of Purdy in 1941 for the Journal of the California Horticultural
Society. He died on August 8, 1945 at 84 years. His children,
Mary Purdy Robinson, Mabel Purdy Mahurin, and Elmer C. Purdy, carried on
the business with his son as manager starting in 1925. The business
was called Carl Purdy Gardens after his death.
1941; CHSJ-Jul. 1961;