Country: United Kingdom
For her research in determining all the plants suitable for water gardening and publishing the results.
Frances Perry was born in 1907 in Enfield Great Britain, where she grew up and lived most of her life. She became interested in plants at an early age, embarking on a career that spanned 60 years. Frances Perry was a very famous authoress on all aspects of gardening. Pertaining the IWLS, in1938 she wrote one of the first comprehensive books on Water Gardening; Water Gardening.
When Frances set about to write her book she discovered that there a dearth of literature about the subject. Her book was comprehensive, from history to culture of water gardening. Much of her book is as fresh and as current as the day it was written and remains an excellent reference.
Her father-in law Amos Perry was her inspiration and her brother Mr. Leslie Everett is the father of David Everitt present here tonight.
Last year the Society was privileged to be a part of the dedication of the Frances Perry Library at Capel Manor. Her connection with Capel Manor began early. When it seemed the manor and gardens were to be demolished she helped to save the estate and established a Horticultural college in the grounds. Part of the college was a library which she personally sponsored with extensive gifts from her own collection of books. Frances Perry was a lovely, warm, kind-hearted and generous person. She was always fiull of encouragement for anyone interested in horticulture.