Evelyn Graham was born in Rumsey, California, 1911. She attended Mills College earning a Master of Arts Degree from the Department of Botany. She worked as a laboratory technician in the clinical and public health laboratory of the Kern General Hospital. She was the co-author of the book Ornamental Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Pacific Coast, which was based on her master’s thesis at Mills College. Evelyn also wrote several books on the flora of Barbados.