Philip Swindells, 1945-2007

In the UK, Philip was best known as host of BBC gardening programs on radio and TV. His formal gardening training began at the University of Cambridge Botanical Garden, and he later became Curator of the Royal Botanic Garden, Harlow Carr in northern England. Later he established an international horticultural consultation business with special focus on developing royal gardens in the Middle East.

Philip received fellowships such as the prestigious Mary Helliar Scholarship (International Plant Propagators' Society) to study in-vitro aquatic plant reproduction in Czechoslovakia, and others. One of Philip's outstanding accomplishments was to persuade a publisher to make a facsimile printing of the rare 1905 Henry S. Conard monograph The Waterlilies, considered by many to be the foundation reference for the study of the Genus Nymphaea.