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Blaikie, Thomas (1751–1838), landscape gardener and plant collector, was born at Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, on 2 March 1751, the youngest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Blaikie, who owned a small market garden at Corstorphine, and his wife, ...

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Bulley, Arthur Kilpin (1861–1942), cotton broker and gardener, was born at Montpellier Lodge, Montpellier Crescent, New Brighton, Cheshire, on 10 January 1861, the fourth son and thirteenth of fourteen children of Samuel Marshall Bulley (1811–1880), cotton broker, and his wife, Mary Rachel (1817–1887)...

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Busch, John (c. 1730–1795), nurseryman and landscape gardener, was born at Lüneburg, Hanover. Christened Johann, he later signed himself Johann Busch, John Busch, or John Bush. The family retained the spelling Busch. Although his early education and training are uncertain, it is likely that he studied gardening in ...

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Emes, William (1729/30–1803), landscape designer and gardener, whose early life is obscure, took up the post of head gardener to Sir Nathaniel Curzon at Kedleston, Derbyshire, on 8 September 1756. He remained there until 1760, perhaps leaving his post because the appointment 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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Glenny, George (1793–1874), landscape gardener and writer on horticulture, was born in Hoxton on 1 November 1793, one of at least two sons of a watch-case maker in Clerkenwell, London. Apprenticed in the same trade as his father, in 1815 Glenny married Hannah Brookes...

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Graefer, John Andrew (d. 1802), horticulturist and landscape gardener, was born in Vienna but at an early age came to England, where he became a pupil of the gardener Philip Miller. He was subsequently employed as a gardener by the earl of Coventry...

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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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Johnston, Lawrence Waterbury (1871–1958), garden designer and plantsman, was born in Paris on 17 October 1871, the elder son of Elliott Johnston (1826–1901), a member of a well-connected banking family from Baltimore, Maryland, and his wife, Gertrude Cleveland Waterbury (1845–1926), an equally well-connected heiress from ...

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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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Kemp, Edward (1817–1891), landscape gardener, was born at Streatham, Surrey, on 25 September 1817 and baptized at the Independent chapel, Tooting, on 26 October, the son of Charles Kemp (b. 1785/6), tailor, and his wife, Ann. During the 1830s he was a garden apprentice alongside ...

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London, George (d. 1714), nurseryman and garden designer, was apprenticed to John Rose, gardener to Arthur Capel, earl of Essex, and Charles II. Rose recognized London's latent genius and sent him to study French gardens. It may be significant that Rose was working for ...

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John Claudius Loudon (1783–1843) by John Linnell, 1840–41 by permission of the Linnean Society of London

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Loudon, John Claudius (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer, was born on 8 April 1783 at Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, the eldest son of William Loudon (d. 1809), farmer, of Kerse Hall, Lothian, and his wife, Agnes, née Somers (d. 1831).

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Maries, Charles (1851–1902), plant collector and garden designer, was born in Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire, on 18 December 1851, the youngest of five sons of George Maries (1809–1869), the village cobbler, and his wife, Mary, née Harris (1813–1877). Educated at Hampton Lucy grammar school...

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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 ...