Cherry Ingram, gardener


In 1919, the Ingram family moved to Benenden in Kent where The Grange, a substantial Victorian house, had a large, but little developed garden. Perhaps in a mood of post-war renewal, Collingwood stopped work on his book on the Birds of France (only part was published, as Birds of the Riviera in 1926) and turned his talents and energies to the Grange garden. An existing large and beautiful flowering cherry in the garden, together with his love of the people and culture of Japan, led him to begin a collection of  Japanese cherries.  Before long he was  a world authority and came to be known throughout the gardening world as "Cherry Ingram".


Between the wars

His travels in search of plants took him to Japan in 1926 and South Africa in 1927.