4 December 1954
Moore, creator of Rowallane Garden, Co Down, died. Now in the hands of the National Trust, the garden is noted for its rhododendron and azalea collections.
5 December 1886 Constance Spry was born in Derby. She became the person credited with making flower arranging popular in the early
20th century – she also invented the dish known as coronation chicken!
5 December 1905
Henry Eckford died. A Scotsman, he became the person credited with making sweet peas popular. The Shropshire town of
Wem (his adopted home) holds a competition each year for classes of sweet peas bred by him.
6 December 1908 A sale of 2,468 cases of imported Japanese lilies was held at Cheapside auctions in London.
7 December 1817
Bligh, master of The Bounty (and who suffered ‘the mutiny’), died. He brought back fruits to Britain from tropical Africa, and they were named blighia after him.
10 December 1832 George Maw was born. A plant collector of note, he specialised in crocuses and produced his seminal book A Monograph of the Genus Crocus, in 1886.