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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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Petre, Robert James, eighth Baron Petre (1713–1742), patron of botany and garden designer, was born on 3 June 1713, most probably at Ingatestone Hall, Essex, then the family's principal residence. He was the posthumous son of Robert Petre, seventh Baron Petre (bap. 1690, d. 1713)...

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Southcote, Philip (1697/8–1758), landscape gardener, was the son of Edward Southcote, head of an influential Roman Catholic family, originally from Chudleigh, Devon, but then living at Albery, Surrey. His early life is chronicled in the memoirs of his mistress, (Teresa) Constantia Phillips, published in 1748 as ...

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Woods, Richard (1715/16–1793), landscape designer, was born in 1715 or 1716, according to his obituary in the Laity's Directory (1793). His parentage and place of birth are unknown, and as a Roman Catholic his baptismal records may not have survived. The circumstances of his education are also unknown although he obviously received sufficient schooling to become a competent surveyor and draughtsman. He may have been born in ...