Oral history of British science
Rothschild, Miriam (13 of 16) An Oral History of British Horticulture
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Rothschild, Miriam, 1908-2005 (speaker, female)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 13: During the War the field was taken over by the airforce, who built underground shelters. After the War they took the surface buildings away leaving underground works. Story of man living there. Description of some of the plants and wildlife which has come back. Tring was wonderful. Waddesdon today is monstrous. Stories of items she has given them. Mr Johnson was head gardener there and had enormous horticultural knowledge and skill. Stanton had the same gift of knowing what a plant wanted. Different from green fingers, when the plants seem to like you. Comparison with Prof Krull who looked after snails. Miriam Rothschild [MR] admired David Scott who had knowledge and greenfingers. He had wisdom about men and everyday life. MR described him as the "distributor of rainbows". She thinks Spanish gardens are the best. and the hills behind Jerusalem. Nothing lasts long because of the heat. You have periods when you appreciate one sort of garden, later another.
Interview with Dame Miriam Rothschild DBE FRS, naturalist and entomologist.