EA Bowles papers preserved

The memory of plantsman E A Bowles, the creator of Myddelton House Gardens in North London, has been preserved for posterity, following cataloguing of his papers highlighting his lifelong work with plants.

The collection of records are now available for research at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library.

Edward Augustus Bowles (1865-1954), known as ‘The Crocus King’, has had his papers preserved that give an account of the development of the gardens at Myddelton House and to Bowles’ lifelong dedication to flora and fauna. It includes paintings, journals and photographs relating to his plant hunting trips, and six decades of correspondence with eminent botanists and horticulturists, including Reginald Farrer, Gertrude Jekyll, William Robinson and many others.

"This is very exciting news," said James Hall, head gardener at Myddelton House Gardens. "This has been achievable partly due to the years of efforts on the part of Bowles Society members volunteering in the Lindley Library to catalogue boxes and boxes of papers, letters and documents that came from Myddelton House after E A Bowles' death.

"We already continue to keep his legacy alive in the gardens by aiming to grow many of the rare and unusual plants that Bowles himself cultivated in his day and this archive provides an invaluable resource  for research,  shedding new light on his life’s work."

To see the catalogue online visit the RHS Archives Hub.


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