Clematis for Today’s Gardens
Raymond is a leading expert on clematis and has developed many of the new varieties that we now grow in our gardens.
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Raymond Evison has had his share of disaster. He was managing director of Treasures of Tenbury nursery in Worcestershire when, in the winter of 1980-81, the business lost more than a third of its stock in freezing weather.
After looking around for a more temperate location, in 1985 he bought an acre of glasshouses in the north of Guernsey and began raising young clematis, 150,000 in that first year, enjoying the principal benefit of the island’s mild climate: the ability to propagate plants from February through to mid-October.
Sinc that time Evison has been garlanded with awards including numerous Chelsea Gold Medals; he was made an OBE in 2000 and holds a Victoria Medal of Honour from the Royal Horticultural Society, along with being a member of the council and vice-president. He has written four books on clematis.