Bill Clark

‘Bill Clark’ is a yellow G. plicatus with excellent qualities. It has a somewhat smaller inner mark than its parent ‘Wendy’s Gold’.

Bill Clark, the warden of the Wandlebury ring site where a clump of ‘Wendy’s Gold’ grew, allowed Joe Sharman, a well-known galanthophile, to collect the clump. Joe Sharman kept one bulb, Bill Clark another, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden one and the remainder of the clump was sold to Dutch bulb company Geest for propagation. Unfortunately Geest lost the entire stock to Botrytis. Fortunately, the others continued to be grown, and eventually made it into the hands of many happy galanthophiles.

‘Bill Clark’ is a seedling of ‘Wendy’s Gold’ (1), from the garden of the famous warden himself.

G. plicatus ‘Bill Clark’ in the nursery garden of Cathy Portier in Brugge.

  1. Simon Garbutt. Joe Sharman’s snowdrop breeding. Daffodil, snowdrop and tulip yearbook 2017; pages 44-47
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  1. Are you certain that ‘Bill Clark’ is a seedling from ‘Wendy’s Gold’ and not just another yellow snowdrop from the Wandlebury Ring gene pool?

    1. I’ve added my source to the article. If you have a better one, please let me know. To me it seemed like a good one.
      From the article “Simon Garbutt. Joe Sharman’s snowdrop breeding. Daffodil, snowdrop and tulip yearbook 2017; pages 44-47”:
      “Joe’s bulb [referring to Wendy’s Gold] multiplied slowly , as did Bill’s, which produced the occasional seedlings, including G. plicatus ‘Bill Clark’.”

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