Clematis breeder Raymond Evison receives UK medal

HTA Chief Executive, Carol Paris presented the Pearson Medal to Raymond Evison – photo: HTA

HTA Chief Executive, Carol Paris presented the Pearson Medal to Raymond Evison – photo: HTA

Nurseryman, lecturer, author and photographer Raymond J Evison received the Pearson Memorial Medal from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) in the UK. This medal for outstanding service to the garden industry has been awarded by the HTA on an annual basis since it was instigated in 1930 in memory of the HTA’s first General Secretary, Charles Pearson. “Having started his horticultural career at the tender age of 15 in Shropshire Raymond moved to Guernsey and set up The Guernsey Clematis Nursery in 1984.”
Responsible for introducing over 100 clematis cultivars
“Evison is responsible for introducing over 100 clematis cultivars in his lifetime and The Guernsey Clematis Company remains one of the largest specialist producers of young clematis plants supplying them worldwide via wholesale and retail channels”, memorizes the HTA which also refers to his career as an author with publications including ‘Making the Most of Clematis’, ‘The Gardeners Guide to Growing Clematis’, ‘Clematis for Everyone’ and ‘Clematis for Small Spaces’.
Founding member of International Clematis Society
Raymond has had strong representation within numerous horticultural bodies both British and international including the International Plant Propagators’ Society, the National Council for Conservation of Plants and Gardens and the International Clematis Society, of which he is a founder member.
Presenting the award, HTA Chief Executive, Carol Paris comments, “It is with great delight that Raymond is the recipient of this year’s HTA Pearson Medal for his outstanding contribution and services to horticulture.”