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GEORGE

STANTON.

CONTEMPORARY at Kew with Mr. James Gammie, our President for 1918, Mr. Stanton fitly follows him as President for the current year. Both are representative Kew men of the early sixties; the one a north countryman who made his mark in India; the other a south countryman who has sucessfully practised his profession in the South of England. Mr. Stanton was born December 10, 1840, at Bramley near Guildford, Surrey. His gardening career opened with three years' service in the gardens at Rydinghurst, followed by two years at Knowle Park, both places near his home. Then, in 1860, he went to Windsor and spent two profitable years in the Royal Gardens. H e entered Kew in March 1862, and left the establishment in March 1864 with an excellent testimonial to his conduct and attainments. Here, as elsewhere, Mr. Stanton took advantage of every opportunity to improve his knowledge, and he gratefully records in this Journal for 1915 the benefits he derived from his two years' work and study at Kew, adding that they had been a source of pleasure and help through a long and active life. The only prizes obtainable at Kew in those far away days were for Botany, and Stanton gained an equal First and a clear First in successive years. At Kew he was eventually promoted to the responsible post of first man in the propagating department. After leaving Kew he obtained several 1st Class Certificates and First Prizes in Botany and Horticulture, culminating in a Medal and Diploma from the Royal Horticultural Society ; thus qualifying as a Teacher in practical Gardening and Botany. From Kew he first went to Berry Hill, Maidenhead, the seat of Mr. John Noble, where he acted as foreman in different departments. He then went in 1869 as head-gardener to Lord Southampton at Whittlebury, Northamptonshire. Three years later Mr. Noble purchased Park Place, Henley-on-Thames, one of the most beautiful estates in the Thames Valley, and invited Mr. Stanton to take charge. This post he held until 1914. During his long tenure of office he effected many improvements on the estate. He is still living on the Park Place Estate. Mr. Stanton is an accomplished gardener and a genial trainer of gardeners, including Frenchmen, of "whom he always had one or two under him. He was selected by the Society of Arts to report on Horticulture at the Paris Exhibition in 1867 and again in 1878. I n 1901, he was elected an Honorary Member of the French National School of Horticulture at Versailles, and in the same year was nominated by the French Government, Chevalier du Merite Agricole. An excellent bothy, reading room, and library at Park Place are almost entirely due to Mr. Stanton's interest and kind thought for the young men under him. The President-elect takes a keen interest in the local flora, and on at least two occasions just previous to the outbreak of war Mr. Stanton acted as guide to the Kew British Botany Club when visiting the Henley district. Mr. Stanton's devotion to Gardening and Botany arose from personal inclination and taste, not from influence, his father and other relatives having occupied other walks in life. Although Stanton and the writer were great friends during his stay at Kew and studied and botanized together, circumstances in later years prevented much personal intercourse, but pleasant memories still remain recalling his genial and modest personality. "W. B. H. As far as I can discover I am the only one of Mr. Stanton's old boys who, after leaving Park Place, found his way to Kew. How the 2M2

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