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Lanning Roper (1912–1983) by Valerie Finnis © Valerie Finnis; collection Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library


Roper, Lanning (1912–1983), landscape gardener and journalist, was born on 4 February 1912 at West Orange, New Jersey, USA, the youngest of the three sons of Willet Crosby Roper (1877–1966), a banker, and his wife, Florence Emeline Eveleth (1874–1961). He had a happy and well-regulated childhood in ...