Gar­den­ing his­tory

4-10 De­cem­ber

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardening Miscellany -

4 De­cem­ber 1954

Hugh Army­tage

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

Cap­tain Wil­liam

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.

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