Graham Stuart Thomas

(1909—2003) horticulturist

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(1909–2003), author, gardener, garden consultant, and plantsman of great influence on British gardening in the late 20th century. As gardens adviser to the National Trust (1955–74) he established the highest standards in restoration and garden maintenance. He also showed himself to be a remarkably skilled designer—his borders in the great forecourt at Cliveden are among the finest in Britain. A prolific author, among his most valuable books have been his three pioneering studies of roses—The Old Shrub Roses (1955), Shrub Roses of Today (1962), and Climbing Roses Old and New (1965). In Gardens of the National Trust (1979) he skilfully interwove history, personal anecdote, and gardening lore to make a guidebook of exceptional quality. His Perennial Garden Plants (1976) introduced a new generation of gardeners to the delights of herbaceous plants and remains one of the best books on its subject. His later book in the same format devoted to woody plants, Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos (1992), distils a lifetime's experience and study. He has also had a strong personal influence on gardeners, inspiring many novices with friendly advice.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.

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