Guy Livingstone Wilson (1885 - 1962):
Guy wilson was one of the leading cultivators of the daffodil in Ulster but he also enjoyed an international reputation.
Wilson went to work in the woollen mill at Broughshane, near Ballymena, County Antrim after he left school, though even at that early age his major interest was the growing of daffodils. His first crop of seedlings were flowering in 1912, and his last in 1967. He is known in horticultural circles as being associated with white daffodils, but he also created reverse bicolours and small cupped rimmed varieties. In 1913 his first success, the daffodil "White Dame" received a first-class certificate. Following this, seventy-eight cultivars were registered. He produced an important pink daffodil, "Irish Rose", which received awards of merit. He achieved international renown as the man who improved garden daffodils, and was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour in Horticulture, the highest honour given by the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1956 he was guest of honour of the first convention of the American Daffodil Society.
A daffodil garden was planted in his memory at the University of Ulster, Coleraine and an Ulster History Circle Blue Plaque in his memory was unveiled at Broughshane.
|Born:||29 January 1885|
|Died:||5 February 1962|
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