FLOR500, Garden 289 Lena Smithers Hughes, Horticulturalist (1910–1987) Lena Hughes conducted valuable horticultural research to improve breeding strains of Valencia Oranges. She continued the research of her late husband, U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Chemist Dr. A. E. Hughes, and by the 1980s the Hughes Valencia Orange accounted for 60% of oranges grown in Florida. Hughes endowed horticulture scholarships at the University of Florida and Florida Southern College and was inducted to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame.
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Lena Smithers Hughes, Horticulturalist 

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Lena Smithers Hughes, Horticulturalist 

(1910–1987)

Lena Hughes conducted valuable horticultural research to improve breeding strains of Valencia Oranges. She continued the research of her late husband, U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Chemist Dr. A. E. Hughes, and by the 1980s the Hughes Valencia Orange accounted for 60% of oranges grown in Florida. Hughes endowed horticulture scholarships at the University of Florida and Florida Southern College and was inducted to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. 





 




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