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Philip Miller

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(1691–1771), curator of Chelsea Physic Garden. Miller worked in his father's market garden before becoming a florist in Pimlico. He came to the attention of Sir Hans Sloane on whose advice...

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Augustine Henry

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(1857–1930), Irish plant collector and dendrologist from County Derry who received his medical degree from Edinburgh, joining the Imperial Chinese Customs Service in 1881 and remaining in...

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Harold Peto

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(1854–1933), English architect and garden designer in the Arts and Crafts tradition inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture and gardens. He formed a fashionable architectural...

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Russell Page

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(1906–85), English garden designer and author who started his career in collaboration with Geoffrey Jellicoe from 1935 to 1939. His work was classical in inspiration, strongly influenced by...

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Robert Marnock

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(1800–89). Beginning his career as head gardener at Bretton Hall, Yorkshire, in 1833 Marnock won a competition to design the Sheffield Botanic Gardens, of which he then became curator. In...

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Christopher Lloyd

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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...

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John Lindley

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(1799–1865), the son of a Norwich nurseryman, who worked for the Horticultural Society of London (later Royal Horticultural Society) for over 40 years as administrator, botanist, shows...

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Thomas Fairchild

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(1667–1729), London nurseryman who began as a cloth worker but from the beginning of his apprenticeship also gardened. Employed in 1690 at Hoxton, London, then a centre of the nursery...

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Reginald Farrer

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(1880–1920), plant collector and writer who, after Balliol College, Oxford, developed a precocious interest in alpine plants. He explored the Alps, then Japan, and in 1907 Ceylon (Sri...

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George Forrest

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(1873–1932), Scottish plant collector who, as a teenager, travelled to Australia and South Africa, and on returning to Edinburgh joined the staff of the herbarium of the Royal Botanic...

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Margery Fish

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(1893–1969), English plantswoman, gardener, and author, creator of the garden at East Lambrook Manor (Somerset) from 1938 onwards. She took a special interest in curious forms of English...

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Ernest Henry Wilson

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(1876–1930), plant collector and writer. Wilson was born at Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire and early on showed great aptitude for botanical study. After training at the Birmingham...

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Ellen Ann Willmott

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(1858–1934), English gardener and plantswoman who gardened at Warley Place (Essex) which in the 17th century had belonged to John Evelyn. In the garden's heyday she employed 85 gardeners...

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William Aiton

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Father and son gardeners, botanists, and plantsmen. The elder Aiton was born at Hamilton in Scotland and, from 1754, worked at Chelsea Physic Garden under Philip Miller. He was recruited by...

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André Michaux

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(1746–1803), French plant collector and explorer who was taught horticulture by his father at Versailles. In the 1770s Michaux explored western Asia and Persia (Iran) for two years,...

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William Andrews Nesfield

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(1794–1881), a respected painter before he began designing gardens. His first garden to become known was his own villa at Fortis Green in north London, which was publicized in J. C....

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James Lee

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(1715–95), Scottish gardener and nurseryman born in Selkirk who came to England to work as a gardener, first at Syon House, Middlesex, and later with the 3rd Duke of Argyll (1682–1761) on...

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Herta Hammerbacher

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(1900–85), German landscape architect, member of the Society for Experimental and Applied Ecology, founding member of the Karl Foerster Foundation for Applied Vegetation Science. After an...

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David Douglas

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(1798–1834), Scottish plant collector in Pacific North America. Born in Perthshire, he was apprenticed aged 11 at Scone Palace near Perth, later joining the Botanic Gardens of Glasgow...

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