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Mystery 19th Century botanist tracked down following appeal

Mystery 19th Century botanist tracked down following appeal

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RHSA mystery 19th-Century botanist has been found, thanks to sleuthing work by the public.Isabella Anne Allen had been known only by the secrets she left behind, tucked between the pages of an old book.But following an appeal for information, on the BBC News website, she has now been traced to the village of Madresfield, Worcestershire.Her story came to light when clues such as pressed flowers, poems and doodles were found inside The English Flora.Donated to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) decades ago, the botanical text was rediscovered by staff sorting through boxes ahead of a move to a new library.And libraries and exhibitions head Fiona Davison said the clues within revealed its original owner "would have been a figure in the local society and in public". "She is a gardener as we...