Philip Roots – an obituary by Melanie Oxley
We are sad to record the death of Philip Roots, a valuable volunteer at Petersfield Physic Garden. With his daughter Melanie Oxley, he inherited our vegetable patch from Laurie Woods and managed it with diligence and enthusiasm. He took pride in growing beans and leafy vegetables known in the C17, growing many from seed in his own greenhouse.
Philip enjoyed excellent health for almost all his 93 years, when only at the beginning of July, heart failure took him over. He was gardening until the end of June. The Physic Garden has lost a true plantsman.