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Ernest Wilson - explorer and plant hunter

Article Index

  1. Ernest Wilson - explorer and plant hunter
  2. Early life and training
  3. Wilson's first trip to China
  4. Second trip to China
  5. Trips for the Arnold Arboretum
  6. Publications
  7. Further trips
  8. Sources
  9. All Pages

Second trip to China

On 8 June 1902, Wilson married Ellen, née Ganderton, (born around 1872, died 1930), the daughter of a Warwickshire gardener from Edgbaston.

Six months later, he returned to China in January 1903 to search out the yellow poppywort, Meconpsis integrifoloa, on a second trip for the Veitch nursery. From 1903 to 1904 he collected over 500 seed samples and 2400 herbarium specimens. He also started contributing regularly to the periodical press, publishing a series of articles in the Gardeners' Chronicle.

Wilson returned to England in March 1905 and in January 1906 was appointed botanical assistant at the Imperial Institute of Science in London. Wilson's only child, Muriel Primrose, was born four months later on 21 May 1906.