Guy Wilson (horticulturalist)

Guy Livingstone Wilson was an Irish plantsman known as one of the most successful breeders of daffodils. He is commemorated by the Guy L. Wilson Daffodil Garden at the University of Ulster's Coleraine campus. Wilson was brought up in County Antrim, his family ran a drapers and tweed mill at Ballymena. He became interested in gardening, more in daffodils, at a young age, after being shown a book on the subject written by William Baylor Hartland. After completing his education he worked in the family business for a time before becoming a professional horticulturalist, he began selectively breeding his own daffodil varieties in his early twenties, with a particular interest in the white forms associated with Ireland. He received his first Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit in 1922, for a variety called "White Dame". After spending some time at Coey's nursery in Larne he set up his own business, opened a large nursery at Marden, Kent though he remained based in County Antrim. Wilson had a good reputation for his ability to assess a flower's characteristics, went on to produce a large number of cultivars.

In 1950 the Royal Horticultural Society presented Wilson with the Victoria Medal. Wilson, who never married, died in February 1962; the Guy L. Wilson Daffodil Garden was begun in 1971 at Coleraine. Established on 2 hectares of land around the former Fortview Quarry, sloping down to the River Bann, it contains over 1000 Narcissus cultivars, along with many specimen trees

Montecchio Emilia

Montecchio Emilia is a comune in the Province of Reggio Emilia in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 70 kilometres northwest of Bologna and about 15 kilometres west of Reggio Emilia. Montecchio Emilia borders the following municipalities: Bibbiano, Cavriago, San Polo d'Enza, Sant'Ilario d'Enza, it is a industrial town located at nearly half the distance between Reggio and the other major nearby city, Parma. In ancient times, it was called Monticulum, meaning "small mount" and referring to the hilly terrain formed by floods of the nearby river Enza. Traces of remains from as early as the Bronze Age have been found in the communal territory. In the Middle Ages and early Modern times Montecchio was a fortified places contended between the Papal States, the Visconti of Milan, the Barbiano, the Sforza, the Gonzaga, the Farnese and by Spain, France until, starting from the late Renaissance, it became part of the House of Este-held Duchy of Modena. In 1859 it became part of the newly formed Italy as Montecchio Emilia.

Church of San Donnino, built in Romanesque style in the 11th century but remade in 1596-1600. Sanctuary of Beata Vergine dell'olmo, in Baroque style Castle, mentioned for the first time in 1116 in a diplom by Matilde of Canossa. Official website