Project Title

Following David Douglas – Botanist and Plant collector (1799-1834)

Year of Fellowship - 2001


David Douglas was the pre-eminent plant collector of his day, collecting in North America for the Horticultural Society. After gruelling expeditions in the Pacific Northwest he walked across the Continent to Hudson’s Bay and a Company ship to England. He died prematurely at only 35, in grisly circumstances on Hawaii. Gordon Mason followed his footsteps across North America and sub-Arctic Canada, ending at the site of his death in Hawaii and his grave in Honolulu. With others, Gordon has made a film of Douglas’s life and is organising a commemoration in Hawaii in 2014, the 180th anniversary of his death.