Patrick Synge

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Patrick Millington Synge VMH (17 September 1910 - 1982) was a British botanist, writer and plant hunter.


He was a graduate of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge. His first book documented a British Museum Natural History expedition to East Africa, led by George Taylor, later Director at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He fought in the Intelligence Corps in the Second World War between 1943 and 1945, gaining the rank of Major. He was editor of the Horticultural Journal between 1945 and 1970 and was awarded the Victoria Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society[1] in 1971. His many expeditions, including those to Nepal with Colville Barclay and Turkey with Admiral Paul Furse[2] were documented in his 1973 book In Search of Flowers.[3] He died in 1982.[4]


  • Mountains of the Moon: an expedition to the Equatorial Mountains of Africa. Drummond/Travel Book Club; Patrick M. Synge (1938)
  • Great Flower Books, 1700-1900: a bibliographical record of two centuries of finely-illustrated flower books. London: Collins (1956), Sacheverell Sitwell & Wilfrid Blunt; bibliography by Patrick M. Synge
  • --do.--Atlantic Monthly Press (1990) ISBN 0871132842
  • Collins Guide to Bulbs. London: Collins. Patrick Millington Synge (1961)
  • Dictionary of Roses in Colour. London: Michael Joseph & Ebury Press, S. Millar Gault, Patrick M. Synge (1971)
  • In Search of Flowers. London: Michael Joseph, Patrick Millington Synge (1973)
  • Flowers and Colour in Winter. London: Michael Joseph, Patrick M. Synge (1974)
  • The Dictionary of Garden Plants in Colour. London: Michael Joseph, Patrick Millington Synge, Roy Hay (1976)
  • The Gardens of Britain; Vol. 1: Devon and Cornwall. London: B. T. Batsford in assoc. with Royal Horticultural Society. Patrick M. Synge (1977) ISBN 0-7134-0927-4
  • Lilies: a revision of Elwes' Monograph of the Genus Lilium and its supplements. London: B. T. Batsford. Patrick M. Synge (1980) ISBN 9780713403930
  • Borneo Jungle with Tom Harrisson et al.
  • Plants with Personality
  • A Diversity of Plants
  • The Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening and supplements; contributor

Royal Horticultural Society accepted plant names

  • Abutilon X Patrick Synge
  • Abutilon X Patrick Synge variagated (v)[5]


  1. ^ Synge The Gardens of Britain; 1 (dust jacket)
  2. ^ Rear Admiral John Paul Wellington Furse (1904-1978)
  3. ^ Best of British Magazine, Jan. 2014, p. 31
  4. ^ "Person Page 3937". 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  5. ^ Royal Horticultural Society database of plants


  • Patrick Synge - The Plant Hunter, The Best of British Magazine, January 2011: pp. 30–31
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