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Clare Ogden Davis
Born in Kimball's Bend in Bosque County, Texas, on November 26, 1892, Clare Ogden Davis taught school in Bonham, McKinney and Cleburne, Texas, and later studied horticulture and landscape architecture while a graduate student at Columbia University. Her passion for journalism resulted in positions on the news staffs of the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Record, the Galveston News, the San Antonio Express and the Houston Chronicle.

Clare and her husband, John Burton Davis, were married in 1920 and together they became well known writers. Collaborating under the pen name of Lawrence Saunders they published four novels: Smoke Screen (1930), Columnist Murder (1930), Six Weeks (1932) and Devil's Den (1933). While living in New York, Clare served as chief press agent for the Burpee Seed Company.

In 1951, she began writing her column for the American-Statesman, "In My Texas Garden." Mrs. Davis continued her column until 1964 when she suffered a stroke which left her paralyzed and unable to speak. She resided at St. Jude's Shady Acres until her death in 1970. A complete run of these columns is preserved at the Austin History Center in the scrapbooks of the Violet Crown Garden Club.

Photograph of Clare Ogden Davis with Jim Hill Jim Hill, general chairman of the April 1965 Flower Show held at Municipal Auditorium, presents a fist full of tickets for the show to Clare Ogden Davis, garden editor for the Austin American-Statesman.
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Photograph of Clare Ogden Davis beside sign for In March of 1965, the City of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department honored Mrs. Davis for her role in the development of the Austin Area Garden Center. The "In My Texas Garden" section at Zilker Gardens is named for the column which the long-time garden editor for the Austin American-Statesman wrote and features only native Texas plants. At the entrance stands a large native rock "map of Texas" created by artist and landscaper, Frank Benoit.
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