Alec White owner and nurseryman of Primrose Hall Peonies has a real passion for all plants but his true love affair is with peonies. These stunning blooms have captured his attention since he became a horticulturist and as with all true passions, this has driven him to learn everything there is to know about the whole peony family and their interesting history. From tree peonies to intersectional and herbaceous to patio, Alec is growing them all. Alec is excited to now be the National Collection holder for intersectional Itoh hybrids of peonies in the UK.
Working in horticulture is in his genes as “Great Grandfather White” was a nurseryman too, growing gladioli as cut flowers in Harmondsworth during the 1930’s and 40’s and selling them in Covent Garden. Some of Alec’s earliest memories are of watering and looking after plants in a nursery as a Saturday job. Unfortunately like a lot of people who have found their passion and their true career path, there were a few diversions along the way. Alec was originally encouraged by his teachers at school to study law as he had great grades and being a successful lawyer was a ‘real job’. After two years as prosecutor in London, he had had enough and quit! He then decided together with his parents to buy a nursery and pursue what he had always felt was his true calling, Horticulture. The rest they say is history. Primrose Hall exhibit at numerous RHS shows all around the country including Chelsea. Alec’s creativity and desire to give Primrose Hall Peonies the platform they deserve means he has won multiple awards, 2019 he won his first Chelsea gold medal. Alec has written numerous articles on peonies and is often asked to contribute his expert knowledge of peonies to various forms of media.