Grandmother's Huguenot Legacy

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Grandmother's Huguenot Legacy
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Rick Wells
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1699, Jacques Briand’s family left France for America, settling in Virginia. They brought hyacinth bulbs with them. Jacques emigrated to Missouri, tucking bulbs into his saddlebags. He would begin a “wilderness” garden. My grandmother, descendent, sent bulbs from Missouri to her daughter in Maryland. She sent bulbs to her son in France. The circle was complete: this little hyacinth bulb, symbol of renewal, brought by those seeking freedom returned to the place of its origin.

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