“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

William H. Watson

William H. Watson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 12, 2020
1. William H. Watson Marker
Inscription.  One of the most influential horticulturists in Texas, William H. Watson was born in Ireland in 1837. He migrated to America in 1853 and moved to Texas by 1859. He and his wife, Sarah Warren, settled in Brenham, where he established Rosedale Nursery by 1860. Beginning in the 1870s, Watson helped bring in other horticulturists to Texas such as William Falconer and W.A. Yates. His Rosedale Arborvitae hybrid plant garnered much attention. In 1875 Watson served as vice president of the Texas Horticultural and Pomological Association. He was later elected president of the Texas State Horticultural Society in 1889. William died in 1897 but his work is still remembered for its impact on plant study in Texas.
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18125.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 30° 9.24′ N, 96° 23.298′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Milroy Drive and Scott Drive
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, on the left when traveling south on Milroy Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Milroy's Garden and Orchard (a few steps from this marker); City of Brenham (approx. ¼ mile away); Giddings Stone Mansion 1870 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Giddings-Stone House (approx. 0.4 miles away); 100th Anniversary Brenham "Banner-Press" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Evangelical Lutheran Colleges of Texas (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Germania Mutual Aid Association (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
William H. Watson Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 12, 2020
2. William H. Watson Marker Area
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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