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Ekins, (Emily) Helen (1879–1964), horticulturist and educational administrator, was born on 9 November 1879 at Market Place, St Albans, the only daughter of Arthur Edward Ekins, pharmaceutical chemist, and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Childs. She matriculated from St Albans high school, where she was one of its original pupils. During the following ten years she undertook voluntary work; but in her spare time she grew plants for market, winning in the process a number of prizes at local flower shows. This experience awakened in her what was to become a lifelong interest in horticulture....

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(Grace) Beatrix Helen Havergal (1901–1980) by Valerie Finnis, 1960s © Valerie Finnis; collection Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Havergal, (Grace) Beatrix Helen (1901–1980), horticulturist and teacher, was born on 7 July 1901 at Roydon Manor House near Bressingham, Norfolk, the second of three children of the Revd Clement Havergal (1858–1941), vicar of Bressingham, and his wife, Eveline Mary Barrett (1869–1931). The children had a happy life despite friction between their father, an eccentric and repressive character, and their artistic and romantic mother. In 1902 the family moved to ...

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Lyons, John Charles (1792–1874), horticulturist and antiquary, was born on 22 August 1792, the only child of Charles John Lyons (1766–1796), captain of the 12th light dragoons, and his wife, Mary Anne (d. 1855), daughter of Sir Richard Levinge. His grandfather, who survived his father, was ...

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Nicholson [née Weeks], (Lorna) Rosemary (1919–2004), garden historian and museum founder, was born on 3 July 1919 at 17 Alexander Road, Southport, Lancashire, the youngest of the five children of Robert Foster Jeffrey Weeks, a mining engineer and a former officer in the ...

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Walker, Richard (1679–1764), horticulturist and college administrator, was the son of Robert Walker, of Tanfield, near Ripon, Yorkshire. After school in Tanfield, he was admitted as sizar in Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1703, matriculated in 1704, and graduated BA in 1707. He obtained a fellowship in 1709, proceeded MA in 1710, and was vice-master in 1734–64. From 1744 to 1764 he was Knightbridge professor of moral philosophy. ...

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Richard Walker (1679–1764) by Peter Spendelowe Lamborn, pubd 1771 (after D. Heins) © National Portrait Gallery, London