John Busch

(c. 1730—1795) nurseryman and landscape gardener

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(1730–95), German nurseryman (originally Johann Busch) from Hanover who came to England in the 1740s. By 1756 he was living in Hackney (London) where he rented land to start a small nursery. He supplied plants to the Princess Augusta's garden (which became the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew), corresponded with John Bartram and had seeds from Peter Collinson. In 1771 he went to Russia where he was appointed imperial head gardener to Catherine the Great, for whom he worked on the gardens at Kolomenskoe (near Moscow), Pulkovo (near St Petersburg), and Tsarskoe Selo. He possibly collaborated with Charles Cameron, who married his daughter Catherine, on landscape designs. John Busch's son Joseph Busch (1760–1838) took over as imperial gardener on his father's return to England in 1789. John Busch's nursery in Hackney was the foundation of the great nursery started by Conrad Loddiges.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

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