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B. D. Jackson

revised by Alexander Goldbloom

Curtis, Samuel (1779–1860), nurseryman and magazine editor, was born on 29 August 1779 at Walworth in Surrey. Nothing is known of his early life or education. In 1800 he acquired Walworth nursery which he held until about 1825. In 1801 he married Sarah...

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Finlay, Ian Hamilton (1925–2006), poet, artist, and gardener, was born in Nassau, Bahamas, on 28 October 1925, the son of James Hamilton Finlay and his wife, Annie Whitelaw, née Pettigrew. According to his son James Finlay was a bootlegger who smuggled rum into the ...

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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 the son of a retired sea captain who had served under Nelson. He was born in the parish of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, and following the early death of his father gave up his wish for a medical career in order to be apprenticed to a ...

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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 ...

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G. S. Boulger

revised by William T. Stearn

Masters, Maxwell Tylden (1833–1907), botanist and journal editor, was born at Canterbury, Kent, on 15 April 1833. He was the youngest son of William Masters (1796–1874), a nurseryman and hybridizer of plants. William Masters was also the compiler of a valuable catalogue, Hortus Duroverni...

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William Robinson (1838–1935) by Francis Dodd photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Robinson, William (1838–1935), horticulturist and publisher, was born on 15 July 1838 in Ireland, the son of William Robinson and his wife, Catherine, née Farrell (c.1818–1892). While reticent about his origins, Robinson did acknowledge that he came from Ireland: he 'kept an affection for his native land, but seldom came back to ...

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Stevenson, George (1799–1856), newspaper editor and proprietor and horticulturalist in Australia, was born at Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, on 13 April 1799. After the death of his father, a gentleman farmer, in 1811, he went to sea with an uncle who traded in the ...

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West, Victoria Mary [Vita] Sackville- (1892–1962), writer and gardener, was born on 9 March 1892 at Knole near Sevenoaks, Kent, the only child of Lionel Edward Sackville-West (1867–1928), and his wife and first cousin, Victoria Josefa Dolores Catalina Sackville-West (1862–1936), society hostess, the illegitimate daughter of ...

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Victoria Mary Sackville- West (1892–1962) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1958 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, Ernest Henry [called Chinese Wilson] (1876–1930), plant collector and writer, was born on 15 February 1876 in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the six children of Henry Wilson, railway worker, and his wife, Annie Curtis. The family moved to Shirley, Warwickshire...