James Akers, England

Sad News

April 25, 2017

Categories: Daffodil Awards, Daffodil Enthusiasts, Daffodil Types, General, Hybridizer, Hybridizing

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I learned last night, of the recent death in the UK of Richard Brook. He would have been personally known to older ADS members from his several visits to the USA thirty or more years ago.

Richard could only be described as eccentric. Never a great exhibitor, his main interest in daffodils was as a hybridiser and in some ways way ahead of his time. More than thirty years ago he was raising wonderful miniature cyclamineus hybrids including several reversed bicolours which unfortunately were never seen outside his garden near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. He will however be remembered for one flower which did escape, his only registration, Tripartite (April Tears x Baccarat) which caused a minor sensation when it was registered in 1980. It is still successfully shown today, and has received both an RHS AGM and Wister Award.

Richard never married. The funeral will be held on 8 May.

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2 Responses to Sad News

  1. James Akers, England
    James Akers, England
    April 26, 2017 at 7:06 am


    I think you are getting confused with Mike who thankfully is still with us. I don’t think Richard had been abroad in the last 20 years.

    James Akers

  2. David Adams, New Zealand
    April 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks James,
    I have deleted my comment