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The Virtual Ranger isn’t fond of memorial plaques and paraphernalia in public spaces. But occasionally, one has to give credit where credit is due, in this case to Eleanor Crum:
This discreet and very specific memorial was found (I think) in the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. However Eleanor Crum seems to be associated with the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii, so possibly it’s there. Whilst there’s not much information about Ms Crum available, one can surmise from the picture that she died, having supported the Botanical Garden in some way… and that she loved bamboo. That’s not all, either. There’s even a native Hawaiian plant named after her: Chamaesyce eleanoriae. And her largesse didn’t just extend to small plaques – there is an Eleanor Crum Professor of Tropical Botany at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and there is a building called Crum Cottage, and the Eleanor Evans Crum Trust established in 2001 too. So here a little sign next to some bamboo leads us to a pleasing example of somebody leaving a useful memorial. Let’s hope the National Tropical Botanical Garden make the most of it.