On 3 September 1907, Frederick William Moore (1857-1949), Curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin addressed the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), London. His lecture was titled 'Lesser known orchids' and for it he punctuated his mark on orchid history.
It is with great delight that the National Botanic Gardens will hold an exhibition that highlights three threads of Frederick Moore's passion. The first thread is based on his lecture to the RHS and displays some of the archival material from the Library at Glasnevin. It will be a taste of the collection, as it was then, from old photographic plates to excerpts from letters written to Moore. There will be glimpses of the plants that were the "rare" or "uncommon" and tales of endurance provided by plants that grow in the collection today, the same ones that did when Moore walked in his precious glasshouses. Moore was proud of the achievements at the Gardens and often sent plants to the RHS in London for exhibit. There he achieved many awards.