Valerie Finnis: phytophile

Valerie Finnis (1924-2006): photographer, philanthropist and plantswoman. I've always found her a romantic figure, but upon further reading she was actually more gutsy and dedicated than I'd imagined, evidenced not only by her achievements in horticulture but also by her success at small bore rifle shooting on the homefront during WWII. I encourage you all to read her obituary from the Guardian, not least to find out how she met her husband Sir David Scott - a great story (if you're a phytophile...) HF.

from top: the lady herself; images from Finnis's home, from World of Interiors (via here); the blue hyacinth 'Valerie Finnis' (Muscari armeniacum), bred by her mother and named after her; photographs from her and husband Sir David Scott's book Garden People.