"Jean Arnot" is one of the loveliest violets I know. I don't need to tell you because you can see it for yourself: the softest pink, barely a whisper, with a white center, which you would miss if you blinked. It has a lovely form, don't you think? It is a violet I had years ago but somehow lost and this past fall, it reappeared. Very mysterious, if you ask me. Roy Coombs describes it as "a very large-flowered old rose pink on long stems suitable for picking. Perhaps unique." I'll say. (Windward Violet Nurseries, Australia, 1983) Although I have never seen it mentioned, I feel certain this violet was named for Jean Fleming Arnot (1903-1995), a former staff member of the State Library of New South Wales for over 47 years. She was active in women's organizations and a pioneer in the campaign for equal pay for women. Someone like that deserves to have a violet named for her.
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