William Forsyth

William Forsyth from Old Meldrum, Scotland, became a distinguished horticulturist and was appointed Chief Superintendent of the Royal Gardens at Kensington and St James’ Palace in 1784.

William Forsyth

William Forsyth

In 1802 he published a “Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit Trees” which became a best-seller in its day.

This memorial is in Kensington Park

He was a founder of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1804

William was particularly interested in the cultivation of and diseases of fruit and forest trees.

He is commemorated at the Chelsea Physic Garden by a display of cordon apples where he was a gardener

He is best remembered now for the family of plants known as “Forsythia”.

Bruce Forsyth, the entertainer,  is related to William Forsyth.

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