Nursery Catalogues and Horticultural Publications

We are looking for old Nursery Catalogues and Horticultural Publications from the 1850’s to the 1970’s to assist with our research into James Lye and his Fuchsias. If you have any Nursery Catalogues and Horticultural Publications that you would consider donating to our archive, or you would be happy to send us information from copies you have, please contact us.

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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

For the first time we exhibited a floral display of our Plant Heritage, National Plant collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye at the Royal Horticultural Society,  Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July (5th – 10th) 2016. Our concept for our first ever RHS Show exhibit was to display some of the National Plant Collection of Fuchsia cultivars […]

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James Lye’s Grave Discovered

We always knew James was buried in Market Lavington churchyard, from the parish burial register (deposited at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre) but extensive searches of the graveyard had failed to locate his grave. We learnt that recently a book containing positional information for some burials had been given to Market Lavington Museum, which may help in locating James’s grave. We contacted the […]

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Funeral Announcement – The Devizes & Wiltshire Gazette

Lye – Feb. 3rd at Sunnyside, Easterton, James Lye (for many years a faithful servant to the late Hon. Mrs. Hay, Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington), aged 75 years – Funeral at Market Lavington, Friday, 3pm.   From: The Devizes & Wiltshire Gazette, February 14, 1906.  p.g.94.

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James Lye’s Obituary

James Lye. – On Saturday last, at a ripe age, a victim to paralysis, there passed away at Market Lavington, Wilts., a gardener in the person of James Lye, who had the warm esteem and regard of a wide circle of friends, and who had made for himself a good name in horticulture.  For very many years he was Gardener […]

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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – We are pleased to announce that the Collection will be exhibiting for the first time in the Floral Marquee at the Royal Horticultural Society’s, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5 – 10 July 2016, as part of the Plant Heritage displays highlighting the diverse range of National Plant Collections. [The full press release is […]

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Student from Easton and Otley College completes the Diploma in Horticulture (Level 2) following his work placement with the Collection

Student from Easton and Otley College completes the Diploma in Horticulture (Level 2) following his work placement with the Collection – Jordan Allison from Easton and Otley College has been working with the Collection since September 2014 as part of his Diploma in Horticulture (Level 2). The final event of Jordan’s time with the Collection was our display at the […]

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Royal Norfolk Show – 2015

Royal Norfolk Show success – The Collection staged its first ever judged horticultural display at the Royal Norfolk Show, which was held on the 1st & 2nd of July. The display was built on the 30th of June, with the help of Jordan Allison, a student from Easton and Otley College, ahead of judging which took place on the morning […]

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