Society remembers life of celebrated plant hunter

RHS Rhdodendron, Camellia & Magnolia marks bicentenary by highlighting George Forrest

Marking the Royal Horticultural Society’s bicentennial anniversary, the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group is holding a series of events to celebrate the life and work of early 20th century plant hunter George Forrest. Forrest made seven expeditions to the Chinese province of Yunnan, where he collected and detailed over 31,000 specimens, several hundred of which are in still in cultivation, including Acer pectinatum forrestii. Cultivated stocks of Rhododendron, Camellia, Magnolia and Primula were boosted by his dedication to plant introductions. Group chairman Maurice Foster said: “Most of the plants in our gardens today have been introduced from other countries, so it is no surprise the RHS is highlighting the importance of plant explorations in its bicentenary celebrations.” Forrest Day coincides with the RHS London Flower Show on 7 April, where the RCM Group’s North West branch will display a range of Forrest introductions. To complement the day, the group has organised events including self-guided and organised tours throughout the UK to run during the spring. L For further information and group membership details, visit www.rhodogroup-rhs.org.

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