GOSSE, PHILIP HENRY (1810-1888, English naturalist)
W. Lavers is presumably the President of the Torquay District Gardeners' Association who lectured on orchids at the opening of the winter session in 1892 and who mentioned that he had then been a resident of Torquay for thirty years.
From 1865 Gosse devoted himself to the cultivation of orchids. Charles Darwin shared Gosse's passion for the orchid, praised Gosse's work on them and corresponded with him about the species. Gosse published on the fertilization of orchids. He was a marine biologist, a leading popularizer of natural science, a religious writer, an opponent of the theory of evolution and member of the Plymouth Brethren, and the subject of his son's celebrated Father and Son.