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Christie, Isabella Robertson [Ella] (1861–1949), traveller and gardener, was born on 21 April 1861 at Millbank, Cockpen, Edinburgh, the second child and elder daughter in the family of one son (d. 1872) and two daughters of John Christie (1824–1902), a Scottish coalmine owner, and his wife, ...

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Finnis, Valerie Margaret Steriker [married name Valerie Margaret Steriker Montagu Douglas Scott, Lady Montagu Douglas Scott] (1924–2006), gardener and photographer, was born on 31 October 1924 at Wyke Cottage, Crowborough, Sussex, the younger daughter of Steriker Finnis, a paymaster commander in the ...

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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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Lindsay [née Bourke], Norah Mary Madeleine (1873–1948), gardener, the second child of Major the Hon. Edward Roden Bourke (1835–1907), and his wife, Emma Mary Augusta Hatch (1853–1935), was born in India in April 1873. The family, with three children under three years, returned to ...

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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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Dorothy Graham Renton (1898–1966) by unknown photographer, 1925 National Trust for Scotland; licensor SCRAN

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Renton [née Robertson], Dorothy Graham (1898–1966), gardener, was born at 15 Marshall Place, Perth, on 7 April 1898, the daughter of William Robertson, medical practitioner and medical officer of health, and his wife, Robina, née Conacher. She married in Edinburgh, on 11 September 1922, ...

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Rohde, Eleanour Sophy Sinclair (1881–1950), garden historian and gardener, was born in Alleppey, Travancore, India, on 9 August 1881, the daughter of John Rohde, civil servant in India, and his wife, Isabel Crawford. Although her surname is German in origin, her grandfather John Rohde...

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Roper [née Harley; other married name Codrington], Primrose (1908–1978), painter and gardener, was born on 19 April 1908 at 25 Harley Street, Marylebone, London, the younger daughter of Vaughan Edward Berkeley Harley (1864–1923), a doctor, and his wife, Mary Blagden, of Harley Street...

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Spencer [née Armitage], Sybil Beatrice (1908–1994), gardener, was born at 114 Tong Road, Armley, Leeds, on 29 March 1908, the daughter of Nathaniel Newburn Armitage, pharmacist, and his wife, Mary Jane, née Ellis. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)...

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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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Frances Garnet Wolseley, Viscountess Wolseley (1872–1936) by Bassano, 1908 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wolseley, Frances Garnet, Viscountess Wolseley (1872–1936), gardener and author, was born on 15 September 1872 at 118 Belgrave Road, Pimlico, London, the only child of Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley (1833–1913), later Baron Wolseley of Cairo and Viscount Wolseley, commander-in-chief of the British army, and his wife, ...