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