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William Emes

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(1730–1803), English landscape designer practising in a similar style to Capability Brown but usually working for less grand clients and particularly active in the midlands. His work...

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Thomas Nuttall

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(1786–1859). Born in Yorkshire, Nuttall was a self-taught botanist fascinated with the United States to which he travelled in 1808, and where, apart from a brief interlude caused by the...

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Robert Fortune

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(1812–80), Scottish plant collector in China and Japan who trained at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, before moving south to the (Royal) Horticultural Society Garden at Chiswick....

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Lawrence Johnston

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(1871–1958), garden owner and designer. He was born in Paris to American parents, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and took British nationality. He fought in both the Boer War and...

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Charles Hamilton

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(1704–86), Anglo-Irish garden designer and Member of Parliament (in both England and Ireland) who was the youngest son of the 6th Earl of Abercorn. Born in Dublin, he was educated at...

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Francis Masson

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(1741–1805), English plant collector who trained at Kew and in 1772 was chosen as the first professional plant collector by Sir Joseph Banks. The destination was the Cape region of South...

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William Sawrey Gilpin

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(1762–1843), English garden designer, nephew of Revd William Gilpin. He is an intermediate figure, stylistically lying between the picturesque landscapes of his uncle and the full-blown...

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Christopher Gray

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(1693/4–1764), English nurseryman whose business in Fulham, London, using part of Mark Catesby's garden, specialized in North American plants, having acquired in 1713 some of Bishop...

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Donald Beaton

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(1802–63), horticultural journalist. He was born into a Gaelic-speaking Highland family, learning English only in his twenties. While gardener at Haffield House, Herefordshire, he was...

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William Barron

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(1805–91), English gardener and garden designer. He became gardener to the Earl of Harrington at Elvaston Castle in 1830, where he created a garden divided into compartments by hedges, each...

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Hans Willem Bentinck

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(1649–1709), Dutch statesman whose career began when he became page to William, Prince of Orange (later stadtholder and William III of England). He became William's closest friend and...

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Percy Cane

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(1881–1976), English garden designer practising in a simplified form of Arts and Crafts style. Arthur Hellyer summed up the two characteristic features of his work: ‘a mainly classical use...

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Philip Southcote

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(1698–1758), English landowner and garden theorist who made the early ferme ornée at Woburn Farm from 1734 onwards. Southcote was a friend of several of the gardening cognoscenti of his...

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Rosemary Verey

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(1918–2001), English author and garden designer whose garden at Barnsley House became one of the most admired and influential of the late 20th century. Her knowledge of garden history,...

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Nathaniel Wallich

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(1786–1854), Danish botanist and physician born in Copenhagen. Wallich was an Anglophile and spent time in England, coming to the notice of Sir Joseph Banks. In 1807 he joined the Danish...

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Richard Woods

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(1716–93), English landscape designer, surveyor, and architect who from the 1750s designed parks and pleasure grounds for several English estates, with particular concentrations in...

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Richard Turner

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(1798–1881), Irish engineer who, working for the Hammersmith Ironworks of Dublin, designed remarkable glasshouses which influenced their design throughout the British Isles. His use of thin...

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Graham Stuart Thomas

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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...

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John the younger Tradescant

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(1608–62), son of John Tradescant the elder, gardener and plant collector. A scholar of King's School, Canterbury, aged 15 he became his father's assistant. He was a freeman of the...

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William Aislabie

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(1700–81), English landowner and landscaper, son of John Aislabie. He added to the Studley Royal landscape between 1730 and 1768, in particular by acquiring the Cistercian Fountains Abbey,...

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