W I L L I A M
I N dedicating the twenty-first issue of our Journal to Mr. W . J. BEAN, we pay a well-deserved compliment to one who is well known to all our readers. For over thirty years Mr. Bean has worked at Kew, the last fourteen years in the capacity of Assistant Curator. Mr. Bean was born at Leavening, a village at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, near Malton, on May 26, 1863. His father and two generations before him were nurserymen. H e was educated at Holgate School, York, and his deep interest in horticulture dates from the time of his boyhood. At the age of sixteen he went to the famous gardens at Belvoir Oastle, and in 1883 he entered Kew. His first promotion at Kew was to the post of sub-foreman in the Palm House, and he afterwards held a similar position in the Orchid Department. Later on he became foreman, first in the Temperate House, afterwards in the Arboretum. I n February of 1900 Mr. Bean was appointed Assistant Curator. I t is with the Arboretum that Mr. Bean's work is inseparably associated. He has seen it practically replanted, and it may be said, without fear of contradiction, that there is no collection of trees and shrubs to equal it in any other garden of the world. Mr. Bean is a member of the Floral Committee of the Eoyal Horticultural Society, and is well known as a writer on horticultural subjects. H e is the author of a descriptive and historical book entitled ' Eoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew,' published by Cassell & Co. At the present time he is engaged on a work entitled ' Trees and Shrubs hardy in the British Isles,' 2 vols. This is now in the press, and is expected to be published about March of this year. I n recent years Mr. Bean has travelled widely. His journeys include Germany and Austria (1908), United States (1910), Italy and Dalmatia (1912). I t would be remiss on our part were we not to mention the deep interest Mr. Bean has shown in the affairs of the Kew Guild. H e was Treasurer from the commencement to 1908. For five years he was Editor of this Journal, while his unfailing interest in all that concerns the well-being of Kew has earned the admiration and respect of all with whom he has been brought in contact. At one time he was captain of the cricket club, but in later years his recreation has been divided between golf and lawn-tennis. His quiet and unassuming methods are characteristic of the man, and his modesty forbids our indulging in anything of the nature of an eulogiurn.