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Ella May T. Wulff
Keenly interested in living things for as long as she can remember, Ella May T. Wulff purchased her first heather and her first orchid at the Philadelphia Flower Show when she was a teenager. The heather was planted in her parents' garden, and the orchid went off to college with her.
Ella May majored in botany at Smith College, and earned a master's degree in marine science from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She briefly studied landscape architecture at Oregon State University before moving to Connecticut, where she lived for 23 years before returning to Oregon.
After moving into her own house, Ella May's interest in heathers was renewed in the 1980s when she was invited to the organizing meeting of the Northeast Heather Society. She soon joined the North American Heather Society (NAHS), and served as the NAHS's official representative at the First and Second International Heather Conferences in Europe. She served as the society's president from 2001 through 2004 and was on the organizing committee for the Third International Heather Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2008.
Ella May has been published in several national gardening magazines, writes often for the NAHS's quarterly, Heather News, and has given numerous garden club lectures on various horticultural topics. She has created her own heather garden on a hillside west of Corvallis, Oregon, where she resides.