Comments from Mr. PGC: Throughout history, many people have made lasting contributions to the world of plants. In these pages, we hope to pay tribute to some of them. Our concentration will be primarily on those who have introduced plants to the gardening world, those who have helped spread the word about gardening and those who have made significant contributions to landscaping and landscaping design around the world.

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Often cited as the most celebrated gardener of the seventeenth century, Le Nôtre was considered an architectural genius. His influence was huge in every country in Europe, and he was chiefly responsible for the abolition of the Gothic types of pleasances (secluded spaces), replacing them by vast gardens with impressive avenues, canals, etc. He is often referred to as "the most copied and celebrated landscape designer in western history."

André Le Nôtre was a man of very humble birth since his father, Jean Le Nôtre was a lowly under-gardener at the Tuileries in Paris. His father ultimately became head gardener, and André worked under him as a young man. Le Nôtre did not achieve fame until relatively late in his life.

The French formal style itself is attributed to André Le Nôtre who was known for his very formal and geometrical gardens including those at the Palace of Versailles. His landscapes were all on the very large scale with a strong central axis, framed vistas and formal parterres (gardens on various levels).

The gardens at Chatsworth and Wrest in England are after his style.

Nesfield was a 19th century artist and garden designer who was associated with rose gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Inverary Castle (Argyll, Scotland), Balcaskie (Fife), Castle Howard (Yorkshire), Whitley Court (Worcestershire) and the yew hedge maze at Somerleyton Hall (Suffolk).

Harold George Nicolson was a British diplomat and author of more than 125 books, including political essays, travel accounts and mystery novels. In 1913 he married the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West and together they purchased and developed Sissinghurst, one of the world's great gardens, in Kent, England.

French ambassador to Portugal whose name was used for the genus, Nicotiana (tobacco).


Nuttall was an English botanist who came to North America to explore for new plants between 1808 and 1841. He explored the Great Lakes basin and part of the areas previously covered by the Lewis and Clark expeditions earlier in the 19th century.

He named the barberry genus, Mahonia (Oregon Grape Holly), after Bernard M'Mahon.

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