Andrew Tompsett

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Andrew Tomp­sett © Peter Phelan

Andrew Tomp­sett, M. Hort. (RHS), F.I. Hort., is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and bulb spe­cial­ist. An early love of garden­ing was rein­forced when, at the age of 16, he won the cup for best exhibit at a local flower show. He went on to study at the East Sus­sex School of Agri­cul­ture, Plump­ton, and the Essex Insti­tute of Agri­cul­ture, Writtle. He was premier stu­dent at both, and recip­i­ent of the Chit­tenden Award.

In 1959 he became a hor­ti­cul­tural adviser in the Min­istry of Agriculture’s National Agri­cul­tural Advis­ory Ser­vice, work­ing in War­wick­shire, Somer­set, Kent and Corn­wall. In Corn­wall, he developed a spe­cial interest in bulbs, flowers and other orna­ment­als and, as Deputy Dir­ector of the Rose­warne Exper­i­mental Hor­ti­cul­ture Sta­tion at Cam­borne, with respons­ib­il­ity for bulb research and devel­op­ment in Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly, he developed a close attach­ment to the industry. In 2005 he was awar­ded the Carlo Naef Trophy by the Brit­ish bulb industry. He is the author of Golden Har­vest: The Story of Daf­fodil Grow­ing in Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly.