In the mid-twentieth century, Bishop Hunkin was one of the leading Cornish horticultural writers. He contributed articles to specialist journals, and wrote in a more easy style for the ordinary reader. Forty charming articles appeared in a church weekly, "The Guardian", and it is these articles that are collected here.
Table of Contents
Foreword by The Rt. Revd William Ind, Bishop of Truro Introduction Acknowledgements The Guardian Articles Bibliography The Plants in Lis Escop Garden Bishop Hunkin's Memorial Plants
Joseph Wellington Hunkin was born in Truro in 1887, and educated at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he achieved distinction in Mathematics. In 1913 he was ordained into the Church of England, and spent the First World War as a chaplain to the 29th Division. He served with exceptional courage, resulting in the award of the MC and bar. After the war, he became Archdeacon of Coventry, and in 1935 the first and only Cornish Bishop of Truro in modern times. Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first experience of large-scale gardening as Vicar of Gulval, Penzance, from 1961 to 1966. Later, in the 1980s, he pursued geological and other field studies in Cornwall, and was invited to organize the first professional and voluntary surveys of historic gardens for the newly-formed Cornwall Garden Trust. He was a member of the Garden History Society; author of Creative Gardeners (Alison Hodge, 2005); The Cornwall Gardens Guide (Alison Hodge, 2003) and The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall (Alison Hodge, 1998); co-author of The Historic Gardens of Cornwall (1991), and a regular contributor to The Cornish Garden