Watercolour of Fritillaria pyrenaica plants by John P.W. Furse. A Rear-Admiral, Furse retired from the Royal Navy in 1959. He made several trips to Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia and Afghanistan collecting bulbs many of which he brought back to RHS Wisley. Vice-Chairman of the RHS Lily group, he was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1965.
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