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WILLIAM

DALLIMORE.

MR. DALLIMORE'S many friends, and all who know him sufficiently well to be able to appreciate his sterling worth and the amount and usefulness of his work, are much gratified that for the current year he has been chosen to fill the office of President of the Kew Guild. They feel that the Committee had an easy task in selecting him from the many Kewites, as one who had in every way merited the greatest distinction that the Guild can confer. I t may not be generally known that it was Mr. Dallimore who, together with Mr. G. H . Krumbiegel and others, initiated the movement that culminated in the foundation of the Guild. That he has always concerned himself in its welfare and given it cordial support is obvious enough to all. Certain outstanding characteristics of this year's President of the Kew Guild might lead one to suppose that he hails from the North Country ; if not for a Scotsman, he might betaken for a Yorkshireman. As a matter of fact, he is a native of Worcestershii'e, having been born at Tardebigge, near Bromsgrove, on March 31st, 1871. The injunction that one cannot be too careful in choosing one's parents seems to have been observed in Mr. Dallimore's case. He comes of a stock that has endowed him with a healthy mind in a healthy body, an abundance of common sense, and a character that has made him a force in the world. If material advantages such as make it a matter of course that a boy would go to the best of schools and then to one of our Universities were wanting, it was possible for his father to feel no little satisfaction that every one of his four sons possessed as a heritage the will and ability to achieve success. Two are in Holy Orders, one is a medical man, while the fourth, the subject of this note, is one of the most useful members of the Kew Staff. I t is interesting to speculate as to what might have happened had Mr. Dallimore, like his brothers, spent a few years at the University of Oxford or of Liverpool. Had it been possible for him to have crammed this experience into his life, and at the same time have acquired the rich store of practical knowledge and skill he is known to possess, we should have obtained in Mr. Dallimore The kind of man so much wanted now and apparently so difficult to produce. I t is quite likely that the academic training alone would have taken him far away from trees and shrubs and timber; it would probably have made a lawyer of him. As a youth Mr. Dallimore had some idea of becoming a nurseryman, and with this purpose in view spent three years with Mr. Charles Rylance, of Aughton, Ormskirk, who was celebrated at the time as a grower and exhibitor of Pelargoniums and Dahlias. Afterwards he entered the nurseries of Messrs. James Dickson & Sons, of Chester, where he remained two and a half years, and where he gained so much valuable experience in general nursery work and particularly in the propagation of plants. His next move was into a good private garden —that of Oalveley Hall, Tarporley. Mr. Dallimore came to Kew in February 1891. He spent some time in the tropical propagating pits, and then went to the Arboretum, where for some years he was sub-foreman. In 1896 he was appointed foreman of the Tempeiate House. During his charge of that department the new wings forming the Mexican and Himalayan houses were completed, and the planting of these was carried out under his 2i2

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