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John Abercrombie

(1726—1806) horticulturist and writer


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(1726–1806), Scottish gardener and author born at Prestonpans, East Lothian, who worked at Kew gardens (see Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and established his own nursery at Hackney in the 1760s. Author of Every Man his Own Gardener (1767), under the name Thomas Mawe, which had been printed in 23 editions by 1829. Among his fourteen other books was The Gardener's Pocket Journal (1789) of which the last continued to be published for more than 50 years after his death. Abercrombie's importance as a writer was that the information contained in his books came from his own deep experience of growing plants.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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