Comments from Mr. PGC: Throughout history, many people have made lasting contributions to the world of plants. In these pages, we hope to pay tribute to some of them. Our concentration will be primarily on those who have introduced plants to the gardening world, those who have helped spread the word about gardening and those who have made significant contributions to landscaping and landscaping design around the world.

This list will be constantly growing as we add new names. If you have someone who you think should be on the list, please send us an Email.

Paul Ecke Jr. was world renowned for his work in hybridizing and popularizing the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). He built his greenhouse, Paul Ecke Ranch at Encinitas, California, into a world class research and production facility.

John Elsley is a renowned horticulturist who was born and educated in the U.K. but spent most of his career in the U.S. He has worked at the Missouri Botanic Garden, Geo. Park Seed. Co. and Wayside Gardens. In addition to two hostas, Geranium sanguineum ‘John Elsley’ has been named in his honor.

Elwes was a British botanist and entomologist who was known for collecting new species of the genus, Lilium from Korea and the Himalayas. The Royal Horticultural Society awarded him the first Victoria Medal of Honour for his service in 1897. He wrote the Monograph of the Genus Lilium in 1880.

The specific epithet, elwesii, was named for him. Plants with this name include: Galanthus elwesii and Rhodophiala elwesii.

A German plant collector who worked primarily in Western Europe. The species, Geranium endressii is named in his honor.


First century AD Greek physician to a Mauritanian emperor whose name was given by Dioscorides to the genus, Euphorbia.

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