Daffodils and Throckmortons
The beautiful and historic Gardens at Coughton Court are featuring daffodils in recognition of American physician and horticulturist, Dr. Tom Dercum Throckmorton (Des Moines, Iowa). The late Dr. Tom is noted for his extensive research and classification work in the study of daffodils. He is the creator of a daffodil color coding system now referred to as the Tom D. Throckmorton Daffodil Data Bank, which is updated annually and published by the American Daffodil Society. They award the Tom D. Throckmorton Medal for excellence in daffodil showing. The new garden is in his name.
In recent years, the Gardens at Coughton Court have achieved national prominence in the Midlands and throughout the United Kingdom because of the foresight and creative planning and work by Clare Throckmorton and her daughter Christina. The Gardens were originally believed to have been the creation of Sir John Throckmorton in 1792, following his visits to France and Italy, but only in recent years have the gardens achieved the status they enjoy today.
The project to expand and further develop the daffodil section of the Gardens, which already has a large number of native daffodil bulbs, is to feature some of the more than 10,000 varieties that Dr. Tom classified through his system of color-coding. These varieties are available only in America. The Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain, and the American Daffodil Society have accepted his research as the single recognized international classification system for daffodils. The garden has been awarded the prestigious Silver Gilt Medal from The Daffodil Society.
Although the day to day management of Coughton Court has been turned over to the National Trust, the gardens will continue to be managed by Mrs. Throckmorton and her daughter Christina Williamson. See more of the gardens here.
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