Story of unsung gardener revealed after appeal on BBC

The story first came to light in a box of archives held by the Royal Horticultural Society. The mysterious Miss Harrisson had come top in exams on the principles of horticulture - but wasn't allowed to claim her prize of a scholarship at the RHS because she was a woman. Very little else was known about her, but within hours of the story going out on BBC Breakfast in September, viewers were sending emails and exchanging information on social media. Her family have now come forward with information that fills in the missing gaps in her life. The trail led to the Yorkshire town of Settle, where Olive, by then Mrs Edmundson, spent her final years.

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