Q. I am researching Samuel Batchelor, who was a gardener for Clarence Newbold between 1900 and 1912. Do you have any information on him?

I know he exhibited his flowers at shows in Philadelphia. Any information you can provide is appreciated.


I think Samuel Batchelor was a gardener for Clement B. Newbold at Crosswicks, Jenkintown, PA:

see p.262 in  Boyd, James,1858-1929.   A history of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 1827-1927,   Philadelphia, Printed for the Society, 1929.
Stacks  / SB21 .P3 B789


The exhibitor rather than  the gardener often got credit for awards, Boyd page 284:

see Nov 1906 Chrysanthemum Show

and Sep 1909 Dahlia Show and Nov 1910 Annual Exhibition p. 290


For a biographical sketch of Clement B. Newbold, president of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 1908-1913, see p. 393

 If you search the digitized volumes of the journal Gardening

for the years Samuel Batchelor was active, you will find notices of prizes he won at PHS. Here are mentions from

v. 13-14 (1904 - 1906):

v. 15 - 16 (1906 - 1908)

v. 18-19 (1909 - 1910)

v. 20 (1911 - 1912)

Google searching “Samuel Batchelor” and horticulture finds several mentions of his awards.  Here are some:


1907 Fall (Chrysanthemum) Show and Feb 1908 Florists’ Club meeting: (Edit-Find-Batchelor)

Full text of "Florists' review [microform]"


Fifty variegated carnations, J. E. Haines, Bethlehem, Pa., first. ..... to Robert Le Boutillier; Samuel Batchelor, garden- er to C. B. Newbold ; William Robertson, ...


1908 Chrysanthemum Show

American florist

books.google.com/books?id=PQRQAAAAYAAJ...1908 - Gardening
The chrysanthemum show of the Pennsylvania Horticultural society opened ou November 10 with everything: ... Samuel Batchelor, Thomas Long, Gordon Smirl.


1911 Fall Show

Gardeners' chronicle of America - Google Books Result

books.google.com/books?id=ph5IAAAAYAAJ...National Association of Gardeners, American Association of Park Superintendents, American Rock Garden Society - 1911 - Gardening
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's fall show was held in Horticultural Hall, ... (John McCleary, gardener), first; CB Newbold (Samuel Batchelor, gardener), ...

 Mentioned in:

Horticulture August 1914

Samuel Batchelor’s move to NY in 1914

There are also mentions of his awards in NY (Google search “Samuel Batchelor” “F. C. Littleton”).

 His death in 1917 was noted in the January 27, 1917 issue of Horticulture

Full text of "Horticulture" - Internet Archive

Control of 524 N Nassau County Horticultural So- ciety 79, 236, 517, 644, 704 Nebraska ...... Fischer— Samuel Batchelor — Swain Nelson 105 CLUBS AND ...

“Samuel Batchelor. 
Word was received in Philadelphia 
on January 22nd of the death of Sam- 
uel Batchelor. He has of late been 
located near New York but is better 
known as a prize winning exhibitor 
around Philadelphia during the past 
dozen years. He was the grower for 
the Newbold estate near Jenkintown, 
and made some fine contributions for 
the advancement of horticulture. He 
was a nephew of William Plumb and 
had his early training in England. 
Interment at the Odd Fellows' ceme- 
tery, near Jenkintown.” 
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