Stephen Lusty of York Civic Trust and Ian Forman of Bustardthorpe Allotments unveiled a blue plaque in honour of George Russell on 7 July. The unveiling to the plantsman who developed Russell Lupins coincided with Bloom! festival.

Plaque to George Russell

The plaque on Kensington Street was first suggested at the Trust’s Civic Day 2017 event and by kind permission of the property’s owners was installed at the front. Trust president Dr Peter Addyman thanked Buff Reid and the group of historians who research and organise the York Civic Trust’s blue plaque programme.

Stephen Lusty and Ian Forman with their Russell Lupins

The assembled guests were even gifted with their own Russell Lupins as a mark of thanks. A second plaque to a horticulturalist, George Yeld will also be unveiled on 7 July.

A dedication to Russell is also found at the nearby Bustardthorpe Allotments, where he worked.

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