Horticulturist Norman Smith, 98, says he is honoured to have an iris named after him

Norman Smith with the iris named after him

Norman Smith with the iris named after him - Credit: Gregg Brown

He has shared his horticultural knowledge with young generations for more than five decades.

Norman Smith (left) is presented with the iris named after him by Barry Emmerson, president of the B

Norman Smith (left) is presented with the iris named after him by Barry Emmerson, president of the British Iris Society. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Now Norman Smith has been immortalised in the gardening world for his dedication and experience after an iris was named after him.

Mr Smith, aged 98, taught horticultural and rural studies at Farlingaye High School for 40 years and now lives at Jubilee House care home in Woodbridge.

And despite his age he continues to garden at the home, part of the Seckford Almshouses, and share his knowledge with others.

On Monday evening, to recognise his contribution to horticulture, Mr Smith was presented with a new iris which has been named after him.


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The presentation was made by president of the British Iris Society Barry Emmerson, one of the country’s top iris growers.

Mr Smith explained he still loved learning about and sharing his knowledge of horticulture even after 55 years of involvement in the trade.

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“I really enjoyed spending my time at Farlingaye High School, working with the students in the school’s quarter of an acre of grounds,” he said.

“I think it’s really important for young people to have a good understanding about nature and plants and, as my lifetime passion, I’m always happy to share my knowledge and enthuse the future generations into the world of horticulture.”

He added: “Horticulture is what I have always loved and to now have this special iris named after me, it is truly a great honour.

“Quite frankly there are many people more deserving in the world of horticulture than me, but it is indeed an honour.”

Earlier in the year Mr Emmerson welcomed Mr Smith into the British Iris Society and presented him with the society’s yearbook in March.

He said the naming of the iris, not a simple process, was “a fitting tribute to a man of Norman’s standing and age”.

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