William Divers & RHS Medal

The picture was dated 1863.

The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library has the following articles referring to William Divers.

There is an entry for W. Divers in Ray Desmond's Bibliography of British & Irish Botanists and Horticulturists which lists him as being a gardener at Wierton House near Maidstone, Kent for 40 years.
Also in Gardeners' Chronicle, in an account of the Royal Horticultural Show of September 8th & 9th 1885, a Mr. W. Divers of Maidstone is listed as winning a Bronze Banksian Medal for plums. The medal is the Sir Joseph Banks Medal awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society.
A small obituary for him appears in Gardeners' Chronicle for 1900, saying he died on 12 Feb 1900 in the 81st year of his age at Neath Cottage, Linton, Nr Maidstone and was gardener to W. Moore, Esq of Wierton House until 1894 when Mr Moore died. It also says he was an ocassional contributor to the columns of Gardeners' Chronicle.

Below is a cutting of a fruit crop report by William from the South Eastern Gazette printed September 17th 1887.

Also, the following information was found on a Mr. J. Divers of Petworth, who, on the August 25th 1885 at the Cottagers' & Artisans' Exhibition of Vegetables and Fruit, was awarded 1st prize in Class 4 and Class 5 (both for potatoes).


(C) M.T. Gibbs 2013