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Hybridizer Reverand Canon H. Rollo Meyer (1868-1953)

Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England; Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

Canon Horace Rollo Meyer (1868-1953), with his faithful gardener Izzard (who was with him for half a century), raised a whole series of distinguished daffodils and bearded irises, noted for their quality of refinement and feeling of style, which received the highest awards. Meyer deserves mention as the founder of the Gardens Guild movement. He came down from Cambridge at the same time as his great friend Noël Buxton. Both went to London, Meyer to take Orders and Buxton to join his family brewery. Meyer was shocked at the gloom and slum-like conditions around the brewery, which was in South London. He succeeded in persuading his friend to provide window-boxes. From this grew the London Gardens Guild which, in 1927, developed into the National Gardens Guild. Lord Noël Buxton (as he now was) became first president.

Recipient of the Foster Memorial Plaque in 1945.


Intermediate Bearded: 'Jacqueline Meyer', 'St. Hilary', 'St. Julien', 'St. Michael', 'St. Osyth'.

Tall Bearded: 'Arabella', 'Blenatre', 'Blue Danube', 'Blue Ensign', 'Brahmin', 'Constance Meyer', 'D Day', 'Derek Meyer', 'Fay', 'Golden Arrow', 'Jillian Meyer', 'June Zephyr', 'Kate Izzard', 'Lady Wightman', 'Magnificat', 'Pal', Prime', 'Prince Tikha', 'Red Rover', 'Saintfield', 'St. Agatha', 'St. Agnes', 'St. Alban', 'St. Angela'. 'St. Anne', 'St. Boniface', 'St. Bride', 'St. Clement', 'St. Colombe', 'St. Crispin', 'St. Denys', 'St. Dominic', 'St. Elizabeth', 'St. Felicite', 'St. Foy', 'St. Francis', 'St. Joan'. 'St. John', 'St. Leonie', 'St. Margaret', 'St. Mark', 'St. Mary', 'St. Patrick', 'St. Rollox', 'St. Stephen', 'St. Ursula'.

-- BobPries - 2012-05-18
Topic revision: r8 - 20 Dec 2021, BrewItt
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