Ida Hrubesky Pemberton, a Denver artist and enthusiastic gardener, created 64 magnificent paintings of medicinal and edible plants between 1934 and 1942. Her paintings have been widely exhibited at museums and botanical gardens throughout the U.S. The pumpkin, is one of the oldest known domesticated plants, with evidence for its human association going back nearly 10,000 years. Pumpkins and other gourds were probably "camp followers" that appeared in middens, and their usefulness as water containers was recognized from the beginning. The artist's eye can help us see the characters that scientists discern.