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Wilson, E.H.
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  Listing last updated on 13 Jul 2024.
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Ernest Henry Wilson (February 15, 1876 Chipping Campden - October 15, 1930 Worcester, Mass.), botanist and plant hunter of English origin

[From Asia's Part in Rose History, by Dr. Wilber Stout, p. 113:] E.H. Wilson, the great plant hunter

[From A Rose Odyssey, p. 108:] Wilson (who died in October of the same [1930] year in an automobile accident while returning to his home from Newark, where he had come to see our work).

[From Rose Letter, November 2017, pp. 8ff.] Born in the Cotswold town of Chipping Camden in 1876, he became early interested in plants, working first as an apprentice gardener, then at the Birmingham Botanic Gardens; by 1897 he was employed at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. When the nursery firm of Veitch & Sons offered him a position as plant collector in China, he accepted, and in June 1899 he found himself in Hong Kong. Moving on, he headquartered himself in Ichang from which he explored the countryside for nearly three years and sent to England numerous plants, not least Davidia involucrata, the lovely Dove Tree, and Actinidia deliciosa, the kiwi fruit (not native to New Zealand as is generally assumed) ....s. On the death of C. S. Sargent in 1927, Wilson became the director of the Arnold Arboretum.
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