The Australian nursery industry has lost one of its most knowledgeable and passionate plantsman with the death of Marcus Harvey of Hill View Rare Plants in Tasmania on 1 December 2016.
The bulb catalogues of rare and unusual plants offered by Marcus and Hill View Rare Plants were like dipping into a treasure trove of exotic genera, with beautiful photographs of each plant to entice buyers.
Many of his plants were collected as seed during his frequent trips to Greece.
Marcus also entertained with his ‘Notes and Ramblings‘ a series of intelligent, pithy and entertaining stories, many of them about his favourite cold climate alpine plants like crocus, colchicum, fritillaria, cyclamen and iris.
He also wrote occasionally for GardenDrum, covering ‘Crocus for autumn, winter and spring‘, and also Western Australia’s plant import fees, imposed in 2013 and creating serious financial restrictions on the ability of WA gardeners to access a wide variety of plants, even if they had been sent from an offical quarantine facility.
From the Hobart Mercury:
Marcus John Colin HARVEY
Passed away on 1 December 2016