The Sweet Pea Man


Graham Martin

ISBN: 978-1-910895-18-4
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Price: £24.99
Release date: September 2017



The Sweet Pea Man takes you on a journey through nineteenth-century British gardens. Moreover, this book is a minutely researched biography of the Victorian plant hybridist Henry Eckford, and his life as a breeder of the famous Grandiflora sweet peas.

Born and brought up in Scotland, Henry started as a garden apprentice at Lord Lovat’s Beaufort Castle. After working his way through the gardens of Penicuik House and Fingask Castle, Henry moved to England. Here, he bred pelargoniums and dahlias in the garden of the Earl of Radnor. As a result, he became famous and could then begin his lifework on the cross-breeding of sweet peas, however, he refined it in Wem in Shropshire.

Detailed scientific descriptions and illustrations fill this book. As a result, the reader will enjoy a fascinating depiction of the world of plants.

About the Author

A professional gardener for thirty-seven years, Graham Martin began at Kelsey Park, Beckenham in 1964, studying day-release at the Kent College of Horticulture. At the same time he had a long career in athletics as a club and county distance runner. In 1991 he graduated in American Studies at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. He now lives near Selkirk in Scotland and lectures on Henry Eckford. The Sweet Pea Man is his first book.