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Allen [née Gill], Marjory, Lady Allen of Hurtwood (1897–1976), landscape architect and promoter of child welfare, was born on 10 May 1897 at Hazelstubbs, Gravel Hill, Bexleyheath, the daughter of George Joseph Gill (c.1860–1947), a water-rate collector, and his wife, ...

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Dame Sylvia Crowe (1901–1997) by Kelvin Brodie, 1975 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Crowe, Dame Sylvia (1901–1997), landscape architect, was born on 15 September 1901 at 30 Oxford Road, Neithrop, Banbury, Oxfordshire, the daughter of Eyre Crowe, a box and cabinet manufacturer who, because of ill health, retired early to become a fruit farmer near the village of ...

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Margery Fish (1892–1969) by Valerie Finnis, 1960s © Valerie Finnis/National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fish [née Townshend], Margery (1892–1969), gardener and author, was born at 16 Eastbank, Stamford Hill, London, on 5 August 1892, the second of the four daughters of Ernest Townshend (d. 1926), City of London commercial traveller in tea, and his wife, ...

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Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932) by Sir William Nicholson, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jekyll, Gertrude (1843–1932), artist and garden designer, was born at 2 Grafton Street, London, on 29 November 1843, and baptized at St George's, Hanover Square, the fifth of seven children and the second daughter of Edward Joseph Hill Jekyll (1804–1876), a retired captain in the ...

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Kathleen Letitia Lloyd Jones (1898–1978) by unknown photographer, 1920s private collection

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Jones, Kathleen Letitia Lloyd (1898–1978), garden designer and nurserywoman, was born on 4 June 1898 at Rotherslade House at Oystermouth on the Gower peninsula in Glamorgan. Known as Kitty, she was the ninth of the ten children of Arthur Lloyd Jones (1853–1932), a physician and surgeon, and his wife, ...

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Reiss [née Lucas], Phyllis Emily (1886–1961), garden designer, was born at Ashlyers, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, on 3 October 1886, the daughter of Colonel Alfred George Lucas, an army officer and later mayor of Lowestoft and high sheriff of Suffolk, and his wife, Edith Hamilton Crake (...

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Verey [née Sandilands], Rosemary Isabel Baird (1918–2001), garden designer and writer, was born at 3 Mansion Row, Brompton, Gillingham, Kent, on 21 December 1918, the youngest of four children of Prescott Sandilands (1878–1956), a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Marine light infantry, and his wife, ...

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Rosemary Isabel Baird Verey (1918–2001) by Howard Sooley, 1996 © Howard Sooley; collection National Portrait Gallery, London