Barr Nurseries

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The 1939 checklist notes "(Nurseries at Taplow, Bucks). Founded in 1860 by Peter Barr, V.M.H. (1825-1909) under the name of Barr & Sugdon at 12, 13, King St., Covent Gardens, with nurseries at Garret Lane near Tooting, Surrey. Peter Barr was the son of a Scottish mill-owner who, a keen amateur horticulturalist, inspired his son to take up horticulture as a profession. The firm name was changed in 1882 to Barr & Sons and the nurseries were moved to Long Ditton, Surrey and in 1911 to Taplow, Bucks, with additional acreage at Penrhyn, Cornwall (for bulbs).

Peter Barr, more than any other one man, was responsible for the modern popularity of the Daffodil but he also had a fine collection of Irises and was apparently the first to classify the Tall-Bearded varieties into the sections, pallida, variegata, amoena, neglecta and squalens. This classification was continued for more than thirty years and only became obsolete about 1920. Many of the finest French Irises were imported and introduced by the Barr firm in the 1870s and 1880s to the British public and hence to America. Peter Barr who recieved the Victoria Medal of Honor in 1897, was an authority also on Hellebores and Primroses, with the largest collections to be found of those plants. He traveled extensively collecting rare plants, one world journey taking seven years. He died at Kirn, near Dunoon, Scotland at the age of 75 apparently hale and hearty to the last.

His son Peter Rudolph Barr, V.M.H. (1861- ) entered the business in 1878 after study in Holland which included the culture of bulbous plants embracing those of South Africa. At Barr's nursery he made a close study of all types of Irises, Single Peonies and Hellebores and did much hybridizing of daffodils, producing the first large fine white trumpet, 'Peter Barr'. He recieved the Peter Barr Memorial Cup of the R.H.S. 1913 and in 1931, the Victoria Medal of Honour. He broke down in health in 1920 from overwork and no longer takes and active part in the business but spends much time cultivating rare hardy plants in his private garden."

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Info1862CatalogBarrAndSugdon
1862, Barr Sugdon Catalogue See catalogue See other Nurseries Later Peter Barr produced catalogs under the name Barr Sons Main.BobPries 2015 02 04
Info1866CatalogBarrSugdon
Barr Sugdon 1866 Catalog Barr Sugdon 1866 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.o...
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1867 catalog Barr Sugdon Barr’s 1867 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ ...
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1868 catalog Barr Sugdon http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/191442#page/1/mode/1up For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preserva...
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Barr Sugdon 1868 Catalog Barr Sugdon 1868 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.o...
Info1869CatalogBarrAndSugdon
1869 catalog Barr Sugdon Barr Sugdon 1869 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris...
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1871 catalog Barr's Barr’s 1871 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main....
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1872, Barr Sugdon Spring Catalog Click on image to visit catalog in Library, Note you can enlarge image in library. About Barr Nursery List of Nurseries ...
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1875 catalog Barr Sugdon Barr’s 1875 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ ...
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1877 catalog Barr's Barr’s 1877 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main....
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1878 catalog Barr's Barr’s 1878 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main....
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1879 catalog Barr's Barr 1879 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main.Bob...
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1880 catalog Barr Sugdon Barr’s 1880 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ ...
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1881 catalog Barr Sugdon Barr Sugdon 1907 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris....
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1883 Catalog Barr Sugdon Barr Sugdon 1883 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris...
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1884 bulb catalog Barr Son Barr Son 1884 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris....
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1885 catalog Barr's Barr Son 1885 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Ma...
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1886 catalog Barr Sons Barr Son 1886 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/...
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1886 Catalog Barr Son Spring Barr Son 1886 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciri...
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1887 catalog Barr's Autumn Barr Son 1887 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.or...
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1890 catalog Barr Barr 1890 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main.BobPr...
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1895 catalog Barr's Barr’s 1895 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main....
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1897 Catalog Barr's Barr 1897 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main.BobP...
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1898 catalog Barr's Autumn Barr 1898 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Ma...
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1899 Catalog Barr's Barr 1899 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Main.BobP...
Info1906CatalogBarrHardyPerennials
1906 catalog Barr's Hardy Perennials Click on the link below to view in Google Books! https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=QKEeAQAAIAAJ pg=GBS.PA141 For more i...
Info1906CatalogBarrsAutumn
1906 Barr's Autumn catalog Barr Sons 1906 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris....
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1907 Barr's autumn catalog Barr’s 1907 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ ...
Info1907CatalogBarrsHardyPerennials
1907 catalog, Barr's Hardy Perennial Catalog Catalog can be viewed in Google Books at: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=QKEeAQAAIAAJ pg=GBS.RA4 PA99 Fo...
Info1908CatalogBarrsHardyPerennialPlants
1908 catalog Barr's Hardy Perennial Plants To view catalog in Google Books click on link below: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=QKEeAQAAIAAJ pg=GBS.RA2 ...
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Barr Sugdon 1910 Catalog Barr 1910 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Mai...
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1911 catalog Barr Sons Barr 1911 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ Mai...
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1912 catalog Barr's Autumn Barr’s 1912 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ ...
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1913 catalog Barr's Autumn Barr 1913 For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at http://www.historiciris.org/ ...
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1914 catalog Barr's Autumn http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/192881#page/1/mode/1up For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preserva...
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1915 catalog Barr's Autumn http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/192771#page/1/mode/1up For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preserva...
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1916 catalog Barr's Autumn http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/192914#page/1/mode/1up For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preserva...
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