The Duke was an almost obsessive collector of books, paintings, sculptures and orchids. Owning an orchid was considered a status symbol in the first half of the nineteenth century and the desire to own more of these remarkable plants became a mark of the wealthy and established gentry.
|[Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire]|
All sorts of tropical plants were collected and one of them was a banana plant from China. It was named ‘Cavendish’ in honour of the Duke.
Little did William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, know that his banana would become the world’s most favoured banana.