James Lye’s fuchsia pyramids
We have met James Lye before and considered The Life of James Lye. He was the head gardener at Clyffe Hall in Market Lavington, but his fame extended far beyond the village boundaries and he is still recognised internationally in fuchsia growing circles. He established many new varieties of these colourful plants and won prizes in shows held at quite a distance for travelling in late Victorian times.
At Market Lavington Museum we have photographs of some of his exhibits. Unfortunately, they were taken before the era of colour photography, so we cannot see the full impact of his stunning displays.
Here is his first prize winning entry in a show at Reading.
A century on, he was still worthy of being featured in national publications.
James and his wife, Ann, are buried in Market Lavington churchyard. (See Finding James Lye.)