A blue plaque was installed in St Albans to commemorate the life of 'Orchid King' Frederick Sander.

The plaque was installed in a ceremony last month on the site of Frederick's first shop at 21 George Street - which is currently occupied by Trinder. 

Sixteen descendants of Frederick Sander attended, including his great-granddaughter Anne Sander. 

Mayor of St Albans Cllr Anthony Rowlands and Mayoress Annie Stevenson were also present, along with the owner of the property Hans Pistor and the tenant Marc Trinder.

They all signed a copy of Arthur Swinson's biography of Frederick Sander, which is now in the family's possession as a gift from Blue Plaques St Albans.


To mark the occasion, Trinder decorated its shop front with orchids and a painting by Cathedral Artist in Residence Ant Steele.

Frederick Sander set up a George Street business selling seeds in 1875. He later acquired four acres of land in the Camp, where he established a large number of greenhouses for selling orchids.

He published a book called Reichenbachia - named after German orchidologist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach - with text and illustrations of orchids.

Frederick died in 1920 on a visit to Bruges, and was brought home to be buried at Hatfield Road Cemetery.