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.

This list will be constantly growing as we add new names. If you have someone who you think should be on the list, please send us an Email.

Born in Scotland, this naturalist and doctor spent much of his life in Charleston, South Carolina.

The genus, Gardenia, and the species, Fothergilla gardenia, are named in  his honor.

He was a translator of the botanical writings of the Greek, Theophrastus. The genus, Gazania, is named for him.


Gilpin was a landscape designer known for employing the romantic picturesque style in his gardens. He is associated with the gardens at Balcaskie, Fife and Scotney Castle in Kent, England. He was the author of Practical Hints for Landscape Gardening in 1832.

German physician and botanist noted for studies on plant sexuality and reproduction. He was director of the Botanic Garden in Berlin, Germany. The genus, Gleditsia (Honeylocust) was named for him.

Known for his vast collection of roses at l"Ha˙-les-Roses in Paris and the help he gave in the planting of the rosaries in the garden at Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.

Gray was considered on of America's leading botanists during the 19th century. He was a distinguished professor of botany at Harvard in the mid-1800's and an early supporter of Charles Darwin's theories. Gray was the author of several text books and helped establish the Missouri Botanical Garden. He also founded the Gray Herbarium at Harvard. W.J. Beal was one of his students.

John J. Grullemans (1891-1965), originally from the Netherlands, along with Elmer Schultz started Wayside Gardens nursery in Mentor, Ohio in 1920. In 1975, the firm and its name was sold to Park Seed Company of South Carolina where it became a mail order only business. The early Wayside catalogs began offering hostas in the 1930’s and by 1988, they included 24 different cultivars. Grullemans introduced the first hosta to receive a U.S. Patent, H. ‘Royal Standard’.

Born in Norway, Gunnerus was a Catholic bishop and botanist who taught at the University of Copenhagen. The genus, Gunnera, was named for him.

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