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Don Hambleton

Don Hambleton

Just a few words about Don who was a mainstay of the group for many years, almost since we began. During that time he rarely failed to bring at least one plant to the display table. The plants were always of exceptional quality, well up to AGS Show standard and he would certainly have won prizes had he entered. He was always very modest about his achievements. He will be particularly remembered for his bulbous plants especially Cyclamen and Nerine. He gave us a very good talk on how he grew his bulbs, especially cyclamen. Spring bulbs he grew included dwarf narcissi and the picture shows him with some of these. The picture was kindly donated by his family. Mike Salmon said that Don, a long-time client of the nursery, grew the plants better than he did. When he felt that he was unable to cope with all of his collection he distributed many to people he knew would be interested. The group also benefitted from the sales of these and other plants not only financially but for those who obtained them in the future enjoyment they would get from them. If you were lucky enough to visit his garden, made by Don from scratch, you saw a host of attractive and unusual plants all seeming to be growing well. Occasionally plants were lifted and divided or were propagated from his collected seed and I was fortunate enough to obtain a piece of his vigorous clone of Trillium grandiflorum which grows significantly better for me than other forms. It has been over a year since he has been able to attend a meeting so we were prepared for his death. He continued to talk lucidly and interestingly about plants until close to the end of his life and he seemed typically resigned and at ease with the approaching end. He was a great enthusiast about plants, always thoughtful and considered with his opinions and a very kind and generous person.

Richard Horswood
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