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Innes, Jocasta Claire Traill (1934–2013), journalist, cookery writer, and interior design writer, was born on 21 May 1934 in Nanking (Nanjing), China, the eldest of four children of Paul Joseph Anthony Innes (1906–1977), a Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Alice Eileen, née...

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

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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 ...