Philip Miller

(1691—1771) horticulturist and writer

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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 the Apothecaries' Society appointed him curator of what is now the Chelsea Physic Garden, which post he held until his death. The garden under his direction attained an international reputation assisted by his various publications, pre-eminent amongst them being The Gardeners Dictionary (1731). The book went into eight updated editions to 1768, with the seventh edition of 1756 including the new nomenclature details of Linnaeus; it was translated into several European languages. Miller received propagation material from around the world and his practical and experimental work earned him an unparalleled horticultural reputation. He distributed much of the fruits of his labour throughout Europe and America. Miller remained at the Physic Garden until he was nearly 80, finally retiring on 6 February 1771.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.

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