Plant Heritage announces death of huge supporter and Collection Holder

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of National Collection Holder and huge supporter of Plant Heritage, Kath Clark, who passed away on Thursday 5th September.
Kath, who was joint principal gardener at Painshill in Surrey, founded the John Bartram Heritage Collection of American Woody Species, which represent the contents of seed boxes sent to the UK by John Bartram in the 18th century. The collection, which she started researching on a trip to America with her father, is housed in the walled garden at Painshill.
Follwing her time as a student at Painshill, Kath joined the staff team in January 2002. Her knowledge, passion, love and commitment will be sadly missed by the team, said Painshill Chief Executive, Michael Gove. “She has made a lasting impression on the restoration and landscape of painshill and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”
Kath was awarded Gold by the RHS in 2007 when she designed the Plant Heritage central feature at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where she showcased the work of John Bartram.
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