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Amherst [formerly Tyssen-Amherst], Alicia Margaret [married name Alicia Margaret Cecil, Lady Rockley] (1865–1941), garden historian, was born on 30 July 1865 at Didlington Hall, Didlington, near Mundford, Norfolk, fifth of the seven children (all daughters) of William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst (1835–1909), landowner, and his wife, ...

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Batey [née Lever], Mavis Lilian (1921–2013), code-breaker and garden historian, was born on 5 May 1921 at 20 Crebor Street, Dulwich, London, the only daughter and younger child of Frederick (formerly Fred, later Stanley Frederick) Lever (1887/8–1971) and his wife, Lily Elizabeth, ...

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Burbidge, Frederick William Thomas (1847–1905), horticultural writer and explorer, was born at Wymeswold, Leicestershire, on 21 March 1847, the son of Thomas Burbidge, farmer and fruit grower, and his wife, Mary Spencer. He was educated at village schools and entered the gardens of the ...

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B. D. Jackson

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Cullum, Sir Dudley, third baronet (1657–1720), horticultural writer, was born and baptized on 17 September 1657 at Wickhambrook, Suffolk, the eldest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Sir Thomas Cullum, second baronet, and his wife, Dudley, daughter of Sir Henry North, ...

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Drake, Sarah Anne (1803–1857), botanical artist, was born in Skeyton, Norfolk, on 24 July 1803, the daughter of John Drake, farmer, and his wife, Sarah, née Forman (or Freman). She grew up in Norfolk, where she formed a friendship with Anne Lindley, the sister 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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Gilbert, Samuel (d. 1692?), writer on horticulture, was chaplain to Jane, wife of Charles, fourth baron Gerard of Gerard's Bromley, and rector of Quatt, Shropshire. In 1676 he published a pamphlet entitled Fons sanitatis, or, The healing spring at Willowbridge in Staffordshire, found out by … Lady Jane Gerard...

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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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B. D. Jackson

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Gordon, George (1806–1879), gardener and horticultural writer, was born at Lucan, co. Dublin, on 25 February 1806, the son of the land steward and gardener at Sterling House, near Dublin. Trained by his father, Gordon entered into service at fourteen years of age. From 1823 to 1827 he was employed in the gardens of two country gentlemen, then he worked briefly in the nursery of ...

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Harvey, John Hooper (1911–1997), architectural and garden historian, was born on 25 May 1911 in St John's Wood, London, the only child of William Harvey (1883–1962), architect, and his wife, Alice Mabel Wilcox (1874–1958). He attended St John's School, Leatherhead, from 1923 to 1927. In 1928 he joined the office of ...

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(James) Shirley Hibberd (1825–1890) by unknown photographer Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Hibberd, (James) Shirley (1825–1890), journalist and writer on horticulture, was born in the parish of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, the son of a retired sea captain who had served under Nelson. He attended the Old Meeting House School, Stepney but, following the early death of his father (who had connections with the printing trade), he gave up his intention to have a career in medicine, and was apprenticed to a ...

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Hogg, Robert (1818–1897), nurseryman and author, was born at Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, on 20 April 1818, the son of Robert Hogg of Cheeklaw and Bogan Green, and his wife, Grace, née Wilson. His father was head of a firm of nurserymen in Coldstream...

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B. D. Jackson

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Hughes, William (d. 1683), horticultural writer, worked on board a pirate ship in the West Indies, and then visited, among other places, Barbados, St Kitts, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Florida. After his return, about 1652, he worked, probably as a gardener, for the dowager ...

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G. C. Boase

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Johnson, George William (1802–1886), writer on gardening, was born on 4 November 1802 at Blackheath, Kent, the younger of the two sons of William Johnson, businessman and owner of the Vauxhall distillery, who then founded the Coalbrookdale china works, and later the salt works at ...

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M. G. Watkins

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Laurence, John (1668–1732), writer on gardening, was baptized on 27 October 1668 at Stamford Baron, near Stamford, Northamptonshire, the elder son of John Laurence (d. 1700), vicar of St Martin's, Stamford Baron, and prebendary of Lincoln, and his wife, Elizabeth Stubbs. Edward Laurence...

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Lawson, William (1553/4–1635), writer on gardening and Church of England clergyman, was probably a member of the extensive northern English gentry family of Lawson, but his parents' names are not known. He was ordained deacon in 1580, and became vicar of Ormesby, near ...

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Christopher Lloyd (1921–2006) by Jonathan Buckley © Jonathan Buckley

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Lloyd, Christopher [Christo] (1921–2006), gardener and author, was born on 2 March 1921 at Great Dixter, Northiam, Sussex, the fifth son and sixth child of Nathaniel Lloyd (1867–1933), printer, architect, and architectural historian, and his wife, Daisy, née Field (1881–1972). His father had been a successful printer and in 1909 sold his share of ...