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Sir Harry James Veitch

Nature volume 114, pages 9596 (19 July 1924) | Download Citation



FOR several decades past there has been no such outstanding figure in the horticultural world as Sir Harry Veitch, whose death on July 6, in his eighty-fifth year, we regret to record. His chief ability was his highly developed business faculty, for he could lay no claim to scientific distinction, probably not even to a taste for science. Nevertheless, during a long and honourable career, he did more than any one to enrich our gardens with beautiful plants from foreign countries, and in that way helped on the cause of botanical science very considerably. Whilst his primary interest, was to introduce to Great Britain plants valuable from the trader's point of view, he never grudged the time his collectors spent in making pure botanical collections of dried material. The collections made by his brother, John Gould Veitch, in Japan, consisting largely of cones of pines, firs, spruces, etc., helped greatly towards the elucidation of the coniferous flora of that country, just as, thirty years later, did the collections made by Wilson that of central and western China.

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