Open main menu

Wikipedia β

Percy Izzard

Percy W. (William) D. Izzard OBE (September 1877 - 1968) was the well-known gardening correspondent on the Daily Mail newspaper and author of several books on gardening.

Life and worksEdit

Percy Izzard was the first regular agricultural and horticultural correspondent in the popular press and wrote for the Daily Mail for a period of 50 years.[1] He was noted for his book Homeland: A Year of Country Days, a collection of 365 of his "Country Diary" columns from the Daily Mail, with black-and-white illustrations by his wife Florence Louise Izzard and Will G. Mein.[2][3][4] He was claimed by his son, the writer Ralph Izzard, to have been the inspiration for William Boot in the Evelyn Waugh novel "Scoop".[5] He was an authority on roses and the Percy Izzard rose was named for him.[6]

Notable worksEdit

  • Homeland: A Year of Country Days (1918)
  • Daily Mail Garden Plans (1929)
  • Breeds of British Poultry (1933)
  • Grow it Yourself: Daily Mail Practical Instruction Book on Food from the Garden in War-Time (1940)


  1. ^ Obituary in Gardeners Chronicle & New Horticulturist, Vol.153, 1968
  2. ^ Review in Nature, Vol. 102, 1918, p.143
  3. ^ Review in The Bookman, Vol.55, 1918 p.37
  4. ^ Review in The Near East, Vol. 15, 1919, p.51
  5. ^ "Obituary: Ralph Izzard". The Independent. 14 December 1992. 
  6. ^ Bulletin of the Garden Club of America, 1959, p.14