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Frances Perry (1907—1993) was a gardener, administrator, writer and broadcaster.

She was born Frances Mary Everett in Enfield, Middlesex, where she lived most of her life. She was educated at Enfield County School and Swanley Horticultural College (now Wye College, part of the University of London).

Her mother took her as a child to the Chelsea Flower Show. Her next-door neighbour, E. A. Bowles, Vice-Chairman of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), guided her interest in plants and in 1927 recommended her to Amos Perry, a plant nurseryman. She worked in Perry's Hardy Plant Farm, soon managing his water-plant department and helping with exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show. She married Perry's son Gerald, (d.1964) an expert on ferns and water plants. Through her work with Amos Perry she became knowledgeable about hardy perennials and is known particularly for her writings about them.

From 1943 to 1953 she was horticultural adviser to Middlesex County Council and later principal organiser for agricultural and horticultural education in Middlesex. In 1953 she was appointed Principal of Norwood Hall College for adult education, a post she occupied until 1967.

In 1960 she sat on the Royal Commission on allotments. In 1968 she became the first woman council member of the RHS. The absence of women on the council had been fiercely debated in the letters column of The Times and in an editorial article. When Frances Perry was nominated she responded, "If you want me because I am a woman, the answer is no, but if you want me because of anything I have done in horticulture, the answer is yes." She became a vice-president of the Society in 1978.

In the 1960s she became a champion of Capel Manor horticultural college near her home in Enfield and she continued to support it until her death

She contributed a gardening column to The Observer newspaper for over twenty years. She was a contributor to the BBC radio programme Home Grown, presented by Roy Hay and Fred Streeter in the two o'clock slot on Sunday afternoon later to be occupied by Gardener's Question Time, and she was one of the first TV gardening personalities.

On retirement from Norwood Hall she remained active in horticultural research. She visited over seventy countries, often in the company of Roy Hay (1910—1989), a long-standing gardening colleague, whom she married in 1977. One of her last major journeys was made at the age of 84, when she toured botanical gardens in Germany.

After the death of Roy Hay, Frances Perry left Enfield to live with her son in Devon.

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Total Books: 34
Water Gardening Water Lilies and Lotuses
1996 - Water Gardening Water Lilies and Lotuses (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780881923353
ISBN-10: 0881923354
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home

Scent in the Garden
1992 - Scent in the Garden (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304342112
ISBN-10: 0304342114

The Macdonald Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
1991 - The Macdonald Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers [Macdonald Encyclopedias] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356103990
ISBN-10: 0356103994

Waterlilies and Other Aquatic Plants
1988 - Waterlilies and Other Aquatic Plants (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780805011708
ISBN-10: 0805011706
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home

Observer Book of Gardening
1984 - Observer Book of Gardening [Coronet Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340345986
ISBN-10: 0340345985

Grown for Their Leaves
1982 - Grown for Their Leaves (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780859676618
ISBN-10: 0859676617

Water Garden
1981 - Water Garden (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780706359657
ISBN-10: 0706359658

MacDonald Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers
1980 - Macdonald Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780316876933
ISBN-10: 0316876933

Beautiful Leaved Plants
1980 - Beautiful Leaved Plants (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780879233167
ISBN-10: 0879233168

Collins guide to border plants hardy herbaceous perennials
Collins Guide to Border Plants Hardy Herbaceous Perennials (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780002140157
ISBN-10: 0002140152

The Observer Book of Gardening
The Observer Book of Gardening (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780283987809
ISBN-10: 0283987804

Gardening in Colour
Gardening in Colour (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780600016014
ISBN-10: 0600016013

Making Things Grow [Sec. Schl. Science S] (Other)
The garden pool
The Garden Pool (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780845310915
ISBN-10: 0845310917

Water Gardening [GARDEN COLOUR SERIES] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780863072772
ISBN-10: 0863072771