KELWAY, James (1815-1899)
James Kelway founded Kelways Nursery
at Langport, Somerset, in 1851.
[From The Book of the Peony
by Alice Harding, 1917, p. 47:] In 1864, James Kelway
, of Somersetshire, made his first attempt in improving existing types. He commenced in a modest way with P. officinalis and P. corallina, but soon went into the growing of peonies on a very extensive scale. Twenty years later he catalogued two hundred and fifty varieties of which sixty-three were new single and forty-one new double varieties of his own raising. Through his energy in introducing and distributing improved forms Kelway did much to make the peony popular in England. Among his best productions are Baroness Schroeder (1889), Miss Salway (1905) and Kelway's Glorious (1909).
[From The Book of Tree Peonies
, by Gian Lupo Osti, p. 22:] In England, in Kelway's Manual of Horticulture
of 1897, twenty-nine new varieties were introduced, in addition to the ten listed previously, nine varieties had won prizes at the Royal Horticultural Society
's exhibitions. Fifty varieties are listed in the Manual
as bring grown in the nursery.