Frederick Sander & Henry Moon Tribute

An Invitation to the Frederick Sander and Henry Moon Tribute Day – July 23rd 2019
2pm – Hatfield Road Cemetery, St Albans AL1 4LU , followed by introductions, discussion, exhibition and refreshments in The Lounge at St Paul’s Church. This a free event which will be popular but we are limited to 60 people; we may have to restrict numbers attending from each group. All replies by May 15th 2019 to (Please note that there are three o’s in the email address – that is not an error!) Please include your forename and surname and the history or gardening group to which you belong.

We have recently restored the family plot of Frederick Sander and Henry Moon as part of the ‘adopt-a-grave’ scheme at Hatfield Road Cemetery. You will probably know that Sander was a world leader in orchids – discovering new varieties and developing the difficult science of hybridisation during the period of orchid mania in the late 19th century. He created the iconic book, Reichenbachia, for which the artist (and later, his son-in-law), Henry Moon, made exquisite illustrations. The full colour plates were prepared in his made-for-purpose studio at the orchid nurseries on Camp Road. More about Sander’s Orchids here.

Our members have managed to reduce costs by doing much of the labouring themselves; uprooting shrubs, scrubbing stonework and sourcing granite chippings. We are indebted to Burgess Memorials for excavating the stonework and re-positioning two crosses, a plinth and some curb stones.

We are pleased to invite you to our Tribute Day which begins at the Sander/Moon graveside at 2pm, followed by refreshments at St Paul’s Church until 4pm. To learn more about Frederick Sander and Henry Moon, you can view our exhibition alongside some artefacts that belonged to them. We hope to show some 1950s film footage from the orchid nurseries too. There will also be the opportunity to chat with the great-grandsons of Frederick Sander, one of whom serves on the RHS Orchid Committee. We are delighted to be welcoming Matthew Biggs who has been a great support to us. He is a regular panellist on Gardeners’ Question Time and an authority on the plant hunters of the late Victorian era.

We hope that this day will re-awaken interest in the achievements of two citizens of St Albans who made significant contributions to the local economy and cultural life of the district.

Best wishes,
Liz Bloom

The Frederick Sander & Henry Moon exhibition panels