(1841–1927), American dendrologist and plantsman born in Boston, Massachusetts. Sargent graduated from Harvard and then studied botany and horticulture. Aged 29 he became both director of Harvard Botanic Garden and in 1873 director of the newly created Arnold Arboretum, which under his tenure became a most prestigious collection. Sargent took part in the 1882 Northern Pacific Transcontinental Survey, and later travelled widely abroad collecting and introducing many trees, a number of which he also distributed to overseas horticultural bodies. In 1900 he began studying the American species of the genus Crataegus, describing 730 new species and introducing many into the arboretum. He was a prodigious author, publishing the fourteen-volume Silva of North America (1890–1902) among many other writings. He also edited E. H. Wilson's China records of the introductions made on behalf of the Arnold Arboretum in the three-volume Plantae Wilsonianae (1913–17).
From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.
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