Reporter 402, 19 May 1997


Ken Redshaw has retired from the position of Head Gardener at the experimental gardens after 28 years of service. He joined the University in 1968, running the plant growth and research facilities at the agricultural experimental garden opposite Devonshire Hall until 1980. At that time he also assumed charge of the Plant Sciences experimental garden in Grosvenor Mount, playing a central role in the redevelopment of the joint greenhouse complex, completed in 1986.

Under his control, the gardens provided a diversity of teaching and research specimens and horticultural and botanical advice to many University departments and researchers. Ken was also the driving force behind the Department's provision of educational exhibits at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, which won gold medal awards over a span of more than ten years. He is, privately, a nationally prominent grower of the hardy orchid Pleione with numerous awards from the Harrogate and Chelsea flower shows to his credit. The nurture and exhibit of these plants will, no doubt, occupy a significant part of his retirement.

David Pilbeam
Department of Biology

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