the Royal Horticultural
John Wedgwood, with Sir Joseph Banks, founded in 1804 what
is today the Royal Horticultural Society. John Wedgwood (1766-1844)
was the eldest son of Josiah Wedgwood, uncle of Charles Darwin.
Josiah had established an extremely important business in England
making pottery and John was intermittently a partner in the firm.
Though his passion for the business was far less than his passion
for flowers, he introduced many floral patterns and designs on
Wedgwood ware. Among these was the celebrated "Water Lily"
pattern, sometimes called "Darwin's Water Lily". Unlike
the other founders of RHS, over two centuries passed without
a plant being named in his honor.
At the time of the Bicentenary of the Royal Horticultural
Society, Lady Alexandra Wedgwood, wife of Sir Martin Wedgwood,
the present family member of the RHS, suggested that it would
be fitting to have a waterlily named for John Wedgwood. In June
of 2005, Curator Jim Gardiner of the RHS at Wisley, England,
asked Andreas Protopapas if he could help with this. Andreas
has therefore named his stunning new yellow-orange cultivar 'John