I am saddened to announce that my father Nigel Wright died on Sunday 7th April. For over 35 years his specialist Rhododendron nursery in Eggesford, Devon, has been a delight for gardeners looking for Rhododendrons. He was a collector in the true sense, with over 400 varieties growing in his 7-acre rectory garden. When visiting the house, whether family, friends or customers, a tour of the garden with him was always included. Nigel's enthusiasm for Rhodos was so infectious (which he well knew) it was all but impossible to leave without plants!
In many ways my Dad was the inspiration for this web site. Any trip to Devon would always culminate in a walk round with a spade and wheelbarrow for free plants to take home with us. For 25 years, he and my mother, June, also opened their garden under the National Gardens Scheme and latterly staged fabulous open air performances including a Winter's Tale and The Mikado. In this way many, many people have been able to enjoy the garden and the Rhododendrons, some of which are now so large they are positively Himalayan!
Nigel will be deeply missed by all who knew him and most of all by June, his wife and partner of 70 years, his love for whom was the only thing to surpass the Rhododendrons.
A Service of Remembrance for Nigel will be held at noon on Friday 26th April at All Saints Church, Eggesford. Family, friends and gardeners are all welcome.