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Jones, (David Brinley) Clay (1923–1996), horticulturist and broadcaster, was born on 8 November 1923 at Glascoed, Napier Street, Cardigan, the elder child and only son of William Jones, marine engineer, and his wife, Annie Margaret, née Clay, the only daughter of a Pembrokeshire...

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Middleton, Cecil Henry (1886–1945), horticulturist and broadcaster, was born on 22 February 1886 in the Northamptonshire village of Weston by Weedon, the son of John Robert Middleton and his wife, Sarah Davis. His father was head gardener to Sir George Sitwell, and Middleton...

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Julia Trevelyan Oman (1930–2003) by Tessa Traeger, 2002 © Tessa Traeger / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Oman, Julia Trevelyan [married name Julia Trevelyan Strong, Lady Strong] (1930–2003), designer and gardener, was born on 11 July 1930 at 30 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, London, the elder child and only daughter of Charles Chichele Oman (1901–1982), silver historian and later keeper of the department of metalwork at the ...

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William Edmund Sowerbutts (1911–1990) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sowerbutts, William Edmund [Bill] (1911–1990), nurseryman and broadcaster, was born on 4 January 1911 at Moss Side Nurseries, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, the son of John Sowerbutts, nurseryman and seedsman, and his wife, Catherine, née Shuttleworth. Always known as Bill, he was born into a market gardening family and at an early age followed his father in growing vegetables on the rich peaty soil of the family nursery at ...

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Streeter, Frederick [Fred] (1877/9–1975), gardener and broadcaster, was born in Pulborough, Sussex, the eldest of three sons of James Streeter, a farm worker, and his wife, Dinah, née Sayers, a postgirl. There is conflicting evidence about his year of birth: by Streeter's own account he was born on 25 June 1877 (his ninety-third birthday was celebrated in June 1970), but his mother registered his birth date as 25 June 1879, which is consistent with census returns from his childhood. The family moved to ...

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Percy John Thrower (1913–1988) by Jon Blau, 1979 Jon Blau / Camera Press, London

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Thrower, Percy John (1913–1988), broadcaster and writer on gardening, was born on 30 January 1913 in Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire, the second child and second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Harry Thrower and his wife, Beatrice Dunnett. Just before ...