The New Hampshire State Flower
It's the birthday of the colonial governor of New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth, who was born on this day in 1696.
American gardeners remember Benning because he brought the lilac along with other trees and shrubs when he immigrated to States from England.
In 1750, the first lilac was planted at the Wentworth home. In 1919, it was adopted as the New Hampshire State Flower because lawmakers felt it was,
"symbolic of the hardy character of the men and women of New Hampshire; the granite state."