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Christopher Lloyd

(1921—2006) gardener and author


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(1921–2006), English author and gardener, owner of Great Dixter. Through his voluminous writings—in books, magazines, and newspapers—Christopher Lloyd's own garden became one of the best known, and admired, in the country. He was, above all, a very experienced practical gardener and a profoundly knowledgeable plantsman. He had one of the liveliest pens in the business and his weekly column in Country Life has appeared without interruption since 1963. His gardening credo is set down most appetizingly in his best book, The Well-Tempered Garden (1970). He had great contempt for ‘low-maintenance’ gardening—‘Effort is only troublesome when you are bored’—and he wrote ‘for gardeners who have not been dragged into this pursuit but are here because they love it’. Among his other especially successful books on plants are Foliage Plants (1973) and the excellent Clematis (1977). Throughout his writing career his own garden has been his central subject—in The Year at Great Dixter (1987) he gave a good general view of it. Apart from passing on precious knowledge of plants and how they behave, his greatest influences were to encourage gardeners to study plants, to pay less attention to fleeting fashion, and to have the courage of their own convictions—rather than any great influence on garden design.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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