The Purposeful Perfectionist
April 1, 2003
Today is the anniversary of the death of the horticulturist Graham Stuart Thomas (Books By This Author). He was 94.
Graham was fundamentally a nurseryman and he lived a life fully immersed in the garden. Graham's passion was sparked at a young age by a special birthday present he was given when he turned six: a beautiful potted fuchsia.
In 2003, Graham's gardening outfit - including his pants, vest, and shoes - as well as a variety of his tools (including plant markers and a watering can) were donated to the Garden Museum.
Graham was best known for his work with garden roses and his leadership of over 100 National Trust gardens. He wrote 19 books on gardening. Ever the purposeful perfectionist, Graham never wasted a moment.
What do folks have to say about Graham on social media? Here’s a sampling:
"Pachysandra ground cover - A GST classic!"
"My mom gave me a Graham Stuart Thomas for my first gardening book, so very special"
"Our best selling plant of 2015? At number 1 (drum roll) - Eryngium Graham Stuart Thomas."
"Flower spike on yucca in border. GST used them as punctuation marks in design."
"Love being married to someone who knows what I mean when I say, 'Bring me Graham Stuart Thomas'"