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.