Lady Aberdeen Dianthus
In 1991, Cameron Gardens was gifted with its own “official flower” …. the Lady Aberdeen Dianthus.
The namesake of Lady Ishbel Aberdeen, wife of Lord Aberdeen, Governor General of Canada from 1893-1896, was developed in her honour by nurseryman John Galbally at Kew Gardens in Eastbourne, Sussex, England.
Galbally was the plant breeder for the Royal Horticultural Society in London. The Lady Aberdeen Dianthus is registered by the society in London and the Central Okanagan Heritage Society has exclusive rights to the Lady Aberdeen and its sale.
This close cousin to the carnation has a clove-like fragrance to its blooms. The dianthus is now part of the Cameron Gardens and its pink and maroon ruffled head can be seen poking out in several places in the park. Ask our gardener to point it out to you on your next visit.