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Anderson, James (1738–1809), surgeon and horticulturist, was born on 17 January 1738 at Long Hermiston near Edinburgh, the son of Andrew Anderson, a local doctor. He attended the village school at Ratho and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He was a surgeon on an ...

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Backhouse family (per. c. 1770–1945), naturalists and horticulturists, came to prominence with James [i] Backhouse (1721–1798), who founded the Backhouse Bank in Darlington, co. Durham, in 1774 with his sons Jonathan (1747–1826) and James [ii] (1757–1804). It was Jonathan Backhouse who initiated the family's connection with horticulture, by following the mid-eighteenth-century fashion for large-scale tree planting on his estates at ...

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Bloom, Alan Herbert Vauser (1906–2005), horticulturist, was born on 19 November 1906 in Over, near Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, the son of Charles Herbert Bloom, grocer and draper, and later market gardener, and his wife, Katherine Annie Jane, née Whitworth. His father's family is thought to have been descended from Huguenots who had come to ...

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Bowles, Edward Augustus [Gussie] (1865–1954), horticulturist and watercolour painter, was born on 14 May 1865 at Myddelton House, Bull's Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, the fourth of five children of Henry Carrington Bowles Bowles (formerly Treacher; 1830–1918), a landowner and governor of the New River Company...

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Earle [née Villiers], (Maria) Theresa [known as Mrs C. W. Earle] (1836–1925), horticulturist, was born at 45 Cambridge Terrace, London, on 8 June 1836, the eldest daughter of Edward Ernest Villiers (1806–1843), younger brother of the fourth earl of Clarendon, and his wife, ...

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Hanbury, William (1725–1778), Church of England clergyman and horticulturist, was born at Bedworth, Warwickshire, on 26 September 1725 and baptized there on 10 October, the son of William Hanbury (d. 1750) of that parish and later of Foleshill and his wife, Ann, ...

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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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Hillier, Sir Harold George (1905–1985), horticulturist, was born at Culross, Romsey Road, Winchester, on 2 January 1905, the second son in a family of three sons and two daughters of Edwin Lawrence Hillier (1865–1944), nurseryman and head of the family firm, Hillier Nurseries...

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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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McLaren [née Pochin], Laura Elizabeth, Lady Aberconway (1854–1933), campaigner for women's rights and horticulturist, was born at Camp Street, Broughton, Lancashire, on 14 May 1854, the only surviving daughter of Henry Davis Pochin (1824–1895), industrial chemist and MP, and his wife, Agnes Pochin, ...

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M'Intosh, Charles (1794–1864), horticulturist, was born at Abercairney in the parish of Fowlis Wester, near Crieff, Perthshire, on 8 August 1794, the son of John M'Intosh and his wife, Muntague, née Ladden. He was descended from a line of gardeners: his grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather had been gardeners to the ...

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Nevill [née Walpole], Lady Dorothy Fanny (1826–1913), hostess and horticulturist, was born on 1 April 1826 at 11 Berkeley Square, London. She was the youngest in the family of three sons and two daughters of Horatio Walpole, third earl of Orford, and his wife, ...

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Perry [née Everett], Frances Mary (1907–1993), horticulturist, was born on 19 February 1907 at Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, the daughter of Richard Albert Everett, journeyman plumber, and his wife, Isabel Kate, née Hewitt. Enfield then was still a rural village and the family lived among fields and pastures where ...

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Robinson, William (1838–1935), horticulturist and publisher, was born on 15 July 1838 in Ireland, the son of William Robinson and his wife, Catherine, née Farrell (c.1818–1892). While reticent about his origins, Robinson did acknowledge that he came from Ireland: he 'kept an affection for his native land, but seldom came back to ...

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Salisbury [formerly Markham], Richard Anthony (1761–1829), botanist and horticulturist, was born in Leeds on 2 May 1761, the only son (there were also two daughters) of Richard Markham, a Leeds cloth merchant. His mother was descended from Jonathan Laycock of Shaw Hill...

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Snelling, Lilian (1879–1972), botanical artist, was born at Spring Hall, St Mary Cray, Kent, on 8 June 1879, the third of at least six daughters of John Carnell Snelling (1841–1902), brewer, and his wife, Margaret Elizabeth, née Colgalt. She and her sisters were boarders at a school in ...

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Thomas, Graham Stuart (1909–2003), horticulturist, was born on 3 April 1909 at Bemerton, Hills Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire, the son of William Richard Thomas, clerk to the university syndicate, and his wife, Lilian, née Hays. The family were enthusiastic amateur musicians and gardeners and ...

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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 ...

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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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Wethered, Joyce [married name Joyce Heathcoat-Amory, Lady Heathcoat-Amory] (1901–1997), golfer and horticulturist, was born on 17 November 1901 at Coombefield, Malden Road, New Malden, Surrey, the only daughter and younger child of (Herbert) Newton Wethered (b. 1869), artist and author, and his wife, ...