RHS HON­OUR

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Ellen Will­mott is thought to have cul­ti­vated more than 100,000 dif­fer­ent species of plants. She joined the RHS in 1894, and be­came a prom­i­nent mem­ber. She was one of only two women to re­ceive a newly-in­sti­tuted Vic­to­ria Medal of Hon­our in 1897. This was awarded to the Bri­tish hor­ti­cul­tur­ist whom the RHS con­sid­ered wor­thy of spe­cial hon­our. The other re­cip­i­ent was her con­tem­po­rary, Gertrude Jekyll. She was also one of the first women to be elected a fel­low of the Lin­nean So­ci­ety of Lon­don.An ex­act­ing em­ployer, she would re­put­edly sack any gar­dener who al­lowed a weed to grow. She would not em­ploy fe­male gar­den­ers, and was quoted as say­ing “women would be a dis­as­ter in the bor­der”.She pub­lished two books, War­ley Gar­den in Spring and Sum­mer in 1909 and The Genus Rosa, pub­lished in two vol­umes be­tween 1910 and 1914.

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