Ironically, about a Gent called Ian…
I see from the Caley website that Beryl and Ian McNaughton of Macplants have been awarded the George Forrest Medal for the Caley Gentian. Gentiana ‘The Caley’ was developed by Ian McNaughton to celebrate the Caley’s bicentenary.
I know what a Gentian is but I thought it worth looking up to see if there was any reference to Gentiana – The Caley on the web. It wasn’t listed in Wikipedia but, in theory at least, it appears that I should be able to buy a mug, a print or a jigsaw – but the picture they have simply doesn’t do the plant justice.
So what makes a plant good enough to be awarded a George Forrest medal? I don’t know the answer to that – so perhaps someone will enlighten us? I do know that it is a SPECIAL AWARD awarded to only the most meritorious plants. But perhaps it is an even more deserved award because of the link with George Forrest who, I understand, was responsible for introducing Gentiana sino-ornata.[ed. If anyone feels like making the appropriate changes to Wikipedia….]