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Garden Writer, selector E.A.Bowles

gardenillustrate8218lond 0009.jpgThe Garden, December 28, 1918.

BORN in May, 1865, at Myddelton House, Waltham Cross, E. A. Bowles in early youth was considered too delicate for school life, but gaining strength with advancing manhood he passed three years at Jesus College, Cambridge, and took his degree in 1887 in Theology. A brother and a sister both dying in the same year, he remained at home with his parents, devoting himself to parish work, chiefly among boys, and to gardening. From many of the good gardeners of the older generation, and especially Canon Ellacombe and Dr. Lowe of Wimbledon, he received abundant help and encouragement, and, following them as accomplished scholar and careful botanist, fully maintains their worthy tradition.
In 1902 Mr. Bowles was placed on the Scientific Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society, and was appointed Acting Chairman after the death of Dr. Masters in 1907. He became a Member of the Narcissus Committee in 1904 and was made Chairman in 1910, and was elected a member of the Council in 1908. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a holder of the Victoria Medal of Honour in Horticulture.
Mr. Bowles is the author of a series of three delightful books entitled "My Garden in Spring," and corresponding volumes for Summer, and Autumn and Winter. All who have been privileged to visit his garden at Myddelton House can testify to his zeal and enthusiasm for the rich collection of plants that find a home there. Among the beautiful-plants of his own raising are Iris reticulata Cantab, Crocus chrysanthus Yellow Hammer and Snow Bunting, and C. Tommasinianus var. pictus. For many years the pages of The Garden have been much enriched by articles, chiefly on bulbous plants, from Mr. Bowles's pen, and by his excellent drawings, usually Life-size plant portraits, that so admirably illustrate them.


Siberian: 'Bowles Black'.

Species: 'Cantab', 'Middleton Blue'.

Species Hybrid: 'Japo Watt'.

Tall Bearded: 'J. Norman', 'Myddleton Blue'.

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