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Lloyd, Christopher [Christo] (1921–2006), gardener and author, was born on 2 March 1921 at Great Dixter, Northiam, Sussex, the fifth son and sixth child of Nathaniel Lloyd (1867–1933), printer, architect, and architectural historian, and his wife, Daisy, née Field (1881–1972). His father had been a successful printer and in 1909 sold his share of ...

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Christopher Lloyd (1921–2006) by Jonathan Buckley © Jonathan Buckley

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West, Victoria Mary [Vita] Sackville- (1892–1962), writer and gardener, was born on 9 March 1892 at Knole near Sevenoaks, Kent, the only child of Lionel Edward Sackville-West (1867–1928), and his wife and first cousin, Victoria Josefa Dolores Catalina Sackville-West (1862–1936), society hostess, the illegitimate daughter of ...

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Victoria Mary Sackville- West (1892–1962) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1958 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, Ernest Henry [called Chinese Wilson] (1876–1930), plant collector and writer, was born on 15 February 1876 in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the six children of Henry Wilson, railway worker, and his wife, Annie Curtis. The family moved to Shirley, Warwickshire...