Her name was Alta Brown. And remembering that she and her husband ran Brown's Iris Gardens, a rather beautiful place up there when Finn Hill was not all houses, I thought I would try to find her on Family Search to see how we were actually related. It was a frustrating search as I ultimately found that her name was Hazel Alta McCarty Brown (1909-2003), so she was very contemporary with my grandparents.
I remembered that they sold irises. The internet informed me that they hybridized irises. Her husband, Rex, registered 93 varieties. Alta registered a whopping 237 varieties!
|A few of the varieties developed at Brown's Iris Gardens|
|I did not know that they were first established in Lynnwood by 1956|
|By 1965 they were established up on Finn Hill|
|I wish there was a better copy of this newspaper photo|