RICHARD GEORGE RIMMER- Born 1919 - known as 'George' - Lifelong interest 
in gardening - a founder member of Croxteth Hall Garden Society.


PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Had own plot from age of 11 to supplement pocket money, growing mainly herbs.  
Spent Saturdays on small local nursery learning basics from local well known 
gardener.  Left school at 16 to work at a market garden producing flowers, 
vegetables and fruit (34 years service).

Allotment Officer and Horticultural Advisor for City of Liverpool - 200 acres of 
allotments; in practical charge of Horticultural Section of Liverpool Show; 
gardening talks and Advisory Service with a Demonstration Allotment Plot.

Then transferred to Training Department as Chief Instructor for Parks staff from 
Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Halton Councils.  Duration of employment 
with Liverpool Corporation (now known as Liverpool Council) for 12 years.

Took over (until retirement) as Head Gardener & Farm Manager of a handicapped 
persons' centre.

EDUCATION IN HORTICULTURE 

6 years evening course at Technical College (now the JMU):  botany, soil science, 
genetics, vegetables, fruit, flowers, turf culture and arboriculture.
Specialist courses: Turf culture at Reading and Allotments at Birmingham 
University.  Lecturer in botany and general horticulture at evening classes in 
Liverpool during 1940's -  1960's.
Talks to garden societies and groups
Judge - fruit, vegetables and flowers at local shows: Formby, Southport and was 
a regular judge at Liverpool International Garden Festival and Stoke National 
Festival. 
A weekly gardening spot on local radio for 2 years.
Life member of West Derby Garden Society, also Maghull Garden Society
Membership of Heather Society, Alpine Garden Society, National Vegetable 
Society, Royal Horticultural Society, Henry Doubleday Research Association.

Before retiring at age 65 started a nursery propagating heathers and dwarf 
conifers, then alpines.  Supplying local garden centre for 20 years.

At present growing vegetables organically for family use.

Elected a Fellow of RHS in 1950's