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It is with great sadness that members of the Irish Garden Plant Society learned of the death on May 20th in Greece of Dr Charles Nelson.

From 1981, when he was the foundation chairman until his untimely death, Charles contributed enormously to our activities, notably about Irish garden plants.

His book, A Heritage of Beauty, published by the IGPS in 2000 is but one example of his scholarship.  We extend our sympathies to his family at this time.

Mary Forrest  IGPS Chair

It is with great sadness that members of the Irish Garden Plant Society learned of the death on May 20th in Greece of Dr Charles Nelson.

From 1981, when he was the foundation chairman until his untimely death, Charles contributed enormously to our activities, notably about Irish garden plants.

His book, A Heritage of Beauty, published by the IGPS in 2000 is but one example of his scholarship. We extend our sympathies to his family at this time.

Mary Forrest IGPS Chair
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He made an outstanding contribution to Irish horticulture and gardening.

A sad loss, a lovely man and his contribution to Irish horticulture is immense, we are the better for his work.

Oh, I am sorry to hear this. He had a wonderful interview held with David Shackleton in his garden back in 1986 I believe. Well worth sourcing this interview from RTE. I have it on CD and must update for posterity. RIP

Sad news indeed. I was a first year student in Glasnevin when a young Charles first arrived on his bicycle to lecture us in botany. He was always inspiring and encouraging. He was infectious and inspiring in his enthusiasm for the history of Irish botany and gardening. His legacy is immense. Truly it can be said of him that he leaves a legacy of a better understanding of Irish horticulture and botany as disciplines and professions. We are all in his depth. RIP Charles. Gone too soon.

A giant of botany Such a Artistic writer He got me interested in botany. So lucky I met him and his books in so lucky I have them

Very sad news 😢

I met Charles. Once in glasnevin. I an amateur botanist Charles I have been reading and his books are really. Some of my treasured collection. Charles really was a Good writer In the artist way and the scientific way too

A great loss to horticulture he will be sadly missed.

Very sad news

Rest in Peace

Sorry to hear this.

R.I.P Charles

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

So sorry

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Rhododendron Rosealind Slinger is looking stunning at Hillsborough at the moment. 

This is a small (4ft by 4ft) williamsonianum hybrid with heart-shaped leaves that are bronze when unfolding. The plant freely bears clusters of cup-shaped bright pink flowers in trusses of 3-6 flowers, each bloom 6-7 cm across, with 5 spreading lobes and upper lips with dark spots.

This hybrid was originally a seedling raised and selected at the Slieve Donard Nursery, Newcastle, Co. Down. Registered as Rosealind Slinger by Dr E.C. Nelson.

Another cultivar of Slieve Donard Nursery heritage, R. ‘Evelyn Slinger’, appears to be rarer in cultivation. Does anyone have it in their garden?

Thanks to Claire Woods, head gardener Hillsborough for providing this lovely photo.

Rhododendron 'Rosealind Slinger' is looking stunning at Hillsborough at the moment.

This is a small (4ft by 4ft) 'williamsonianum' hybrid with heart-shaped leaves that are bronze when unfolding. The plant freely bears clusters of cup-shaped bright pink flowers in trusses of 3-6 flowers, each bloom 6-7 cm across, with 5 spreading lobes and upper lips with dark spots.

This hybrid was originally a seedling raised and selected at the Slieve Donard Nursery, Newcastle, Co. Down. Registered as 'Rosealind Slinger' by Dr E.C. Nelson.

Another cultivar of Slieve Donard Nursery heritage, R. ‘Evelyn Slinger’, appears to be rarer in cultivation. Does anyone have it in their garden?

Thanks to Claire Woods, head gardener Hillsborough for providing this lovely photo.
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