Frank Kingdon Ward

(1885—1958) plant collector and explorer

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(1885–1958), plant collector. After attending Cambridge, Ward went to Shanghai as a schoolmaster but almost immediately set off into the interior on the first of many plant hunting expeditions during which he showed a flair for finding and selecting choice plants for gardens. For the next 50 years he travelled constantly throughout China, Burma, Tibet, and Thailand, and his introductions included rhododendrons, primulas, meconopsis, especially Meconopsis betonicifolia, gentians, and lilies. Ward was a prolific and vivid writer, describing all his travels in such books as Land of the Blue Poppy (1913), In Farthest Burma (1921), and Plant Hunting on the Edge of the World (1930); he had outstanding photographic skills, and was a knowledgeable geologist. During the Second World War he organized a jungle-survival school for the army. In 1932 Ward received the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour and in 1934 the Veitch Memorial Medal.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.

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