Iris Bannochie

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Iris Bannochie
Iris Bannochie.jpg
Born 1914
Grenada
Died 1988
Barbados
Nationality Barbadian
Occupation Horticulturist
Known for Gardening

Iris Bannochie (1914 – September 1988) was a Barbadian horticulturalist who was the leading expert on horticulture on the island of Barbados.

Life[edit]

Bannochie was born in Grenada in 1914 and, apart from her early childhood, lived all her life in Barbados. She married John Mackie Bannochie on 13 April 1964. She was a founding member of the Barbados National Trust.

Headstones of Iris and John Bannochie in Andromeda Gardens

With her second husband, John, she created and owned Andromeda Gardens, a scenic park with flowering plants and tropical trees in the village of Bathsheba, Saint Joseph in Barbados. Bannochie founded the garden around 1954 on 8 acres (32,000 m2) of land that had been in her family since 1740.[1] On Bannochie's death, Andromeda Gardens was left to the Barbados National Trust.

In 1977, she was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for her contribution to tropical horticulture.[2] Bannochie suffered a stroke in the summer of 1988 and died shortly afterwards.[3] She was 73 years old.

A heliconia cultivar is named after Bannochie - Heliconia stricta 'Iris Bannochie'.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leach, John (April 2004). "Tourism For Survival". Roots. 1 (1). Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  2. ^ Bannochie, Iris; Marilyn Light (1993). Gardening in the Caribbean. Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-56573-8. 
  3. ^ Deitz, Paula (1991-02-17). "A Rare Garden in Barbados". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Heliconia Photos". 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 

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