Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Ida was born April 21, 1867, in Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Albert Fries, was an amateur horticulturist of note. Ida, his last child born late in his life, was taught the botanical names of all plants, how to plant, how to nurture and how to graft. Ida retained her interest in horticulture all her life. She was not sent to college but learned piano, china painting, Battenburg lacemaking and poetry writing.

She came to Prescott, Arizona Territory, in September 1907 when her husband, O. A. Budd, was sent here as an accountant with the Santa Fe Railroad. Ida was widowed in 1916 and found that all her cultural skills could not support her and her family.

She became skilled in baking bread and sold all that she could bake. She raised her four daughters: Leslie, Lucille Juliani, Evelyn (Mrs. Richard Merritt), and Mabel. Weekends, her daughter remembered, she would take them into the hills with a picnic to observe the flora, to pick wild grapes for jelly, black walnuts or anything that grew wild.

Ida corresponded with George W. Parks, who published Parks Floral Magazine, and wrote stories for this publication. Ida died in June 1926 and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mrs. R. Merritt

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.