Volume 71 Number 1 Article 7 Pages: 56-58
Year 2017 Month 1
Title: The Pioneering Horticulturist Marshall Pinckney Wilder
Author: John R. Clark
Marshal Pinckney Wilder was an outstanding horticulturist who was a founding member of the American
He served as president from its founding in 1848 through 1885. He was born in 1798 and
died in 1886. He was a leader in his community and his state of residence, Massachusetts.
His love of horticulture
was extensive, as he tested and conducted breeding on several ornamental species.
However, his greatest love
was fruits, particularly pears.
He was honored by the Society with the establishment of the Wilder Medal in 1873,
its highest honor.
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