|Chauncey Delos Beadle|
August 5, 1866|
St. Catharines, Ontario
Asheville, North Carolina
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
|Author abbrev. (botany)||Beadle|
Chauncey Delos Beadle (August 5, 1866, St. Catharines, Ontario – 1950) was a Canadian-born botanist and horticulturist active in the southern United States. He was educated in horticulture at Ontario Agricultural College (1884) and Cornell University (1889). In 1890 the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted hired him to oversee the nursery at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina on a temporary basis. Olmsted had been impressed by Beadle's "encyclopedic" knowledge of plants. Beadle ended up working at Biltmore for more than 60 years, until his death in 1950. He is best known for his horticultural work with azaleas, and described several species and varieties of plants from the southern Appalachian region. He and three friends, including his "driver and companion" Sylvester Owens, styled themselves the Azalea Hunters. The group traveled over the eastern United States for a period of fifteen years, studying and collecting native plants. In 1940 Beadle donated his entire collection of 3,000 plants to Biltmore Estates.
Beadle wrote scientific papers describing new species and varieties of North American plants, for example, papers in the journal Biltmore Botanical Studies. (See, for example, this reference at the Wayback Machine (archived September 5, 2007) to the scientific description of Florida Mock-orange, Philadelphus floridus.) Two of his important collaborators at Biltmore were Charles Lawrence Boynton and Frank Ellis Boynton. In popular literature, Beadle wrote the Introduction for Alice Lounsberry's Southern Wildflowers and Trees.
- "Plants and Floyd County, Georgia". Archived from the original on 2005-03-30. Retrieved 2005-05-02.
- "Biltmore Estates" (swf). Retrieved 2006-05-02.
- "Biltmore Estate's Azalea Garden Remains a Living Legacy to its Creators". Blue Ridge Digest. Spring 1997. Retrieved 2006-05-04.
- "Chauncey Beadle, Landscape Architect". University of North Carolina at Asheville. 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-27.
- "Beadle, Chauncey Delos". Men of 1914. Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1915. OCLC 49777827.
- Denizens of Biltmore—has photo of Beadle, accessed 9 January 2008
- Alice Lounsberry (1901). Southern Wild Flowers and Trees (forward by Chauncey Beadle). New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company.
- Rachel Carley (1994). A Guide to Biltmore Estate. Asheville, North Carolina: The Biltmore Company. ISBN 1-885378-00-9. 116 pages.
- View works by Chauncey Beadle at Biodiversity Heritage Library.
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