Harry Wheatcroft

(1898–1977)

Harry Wheatcroft

Anecdote...

Wheatcroft was known for his flamboyant dress. One afternoon, he arrived at a flower show in his familiar brightly colored attire. Instead of the usual rosebud in his buttonhole, however, he sported a magnificent carnation. “What’s this, Harry?” commented a friend. “No rose today?”

“Sh-h-h,” whispered Wheatcroft. “I’m incognito!”

Biographical Note: 

Harry Wheatcroft was a British rose specialist. He began growing roses in 1919, on a single acre of land. By the mid–1970s his company was producing over one and a half million roses each year. He introduced many commercial varieties of roses and wrote several books on the subject of rose-growing.