Ralph Hancock F.R.H.S. Landscape Artist
- Written by Robin Hull
A Fellow of the RHS
In 1926 the Royal Horticultural Society’s membership records show that Ralph – now living in London - had paid his membership fee and became a Fellow of the RHS.
A year later he was to build an iris garden and a rock and water garden for Princess Victoria (daughter of King Edward VII) at her home, ‘Coppins’, in Iver, Buckinghamshire. She was reported to be very pleased with his creation and presented Hancock with a diamond-and-sapphire tiepin.
Sometime between 1927 and 1928, Hancock designed and built a sunken garden for Edward Hulton, proprietor of The Daily Sketch and Picture Post at his family home on the Sussex coast.
We do not know why Hancock chose to change career. But his rise from insurance broker to successful landscape architect appears to have been meteoric.