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.

This German doctor and botanist travelled extensively with the Dutch East India Company. He was the first plant explorer to describe Ginkgo biloba and the genus, Camellia. During his time in Japan around 1690, he was the first person to make drawings of the genus, Hosta.

The genus, Kaempferia is named for him as are the species, Larix kaempferi and Rhododendron kaempferi.

A Swedish clergyman and botanist who studied with Linnaeus, Kalm spent 1748-1751 as a plant explorer in North America. The genus, Kalmia (Mountain Laurel) is named after him. Kalmia includes about 7 species of evergreen shrubs from 2 to 15 feet tall, in the family Ericaceae. Lobelia kalmii is also named for him.

Pharmacist and botanical author for whom the genus, Camellia, is named.

Known for his humor and irreverence, Des Kennedy is a well-known garden writer, television personality and speaker. He lives and gardens on Gulf Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Des is the author of The Way of a Gardener: A Life's Journey (ISBN-13:978-1553654179) and An Ecology of Enchantment: A Year in the Life of a Garden (ISBN-13:978-1553653707) as well as articles on environmental issues, gardening and rural living for many publications. He has also written fiction books and has been nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

* Thanks to Meg for nominating Des for inclusion in this list.

In his early days, Lewis Kennedy worked for his father's nursery (about 1812) at the garden of Château de Malmaison near Paris under the direction of Napoleon's wife, Josephine Bonaparte. During the years from 1818 until 1868 he helped create the remarkable formal garden at Drummond Castle in Perthshire, Scotland.

Scottish horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England, Kerr was also a plant collector in China. His name is associated with the genus, Kerria.

Other plants associated with him as a plant collector include Euonymus japonica, Lilium lancifolium, and Rosa banksiae var. banksiae


German professor, physician and author. The genus, Knautia, an upright, clump-forming, somewhat short-lived perennial, is named for him.

German Professor of Medicine and botanist at Erfurt University after whom the southern African genus, Kniphofia is named. His most famous work was Herbarium Vivum (1762).


The genus, Kolkwitzia (beautybush), is named for this German botanist. The plant was first identified by Giuseppe Giraldi and was introduced in the United Kingdom plant industry by E.H. Wilson about 1901.

A German doctor, Kölreuter was also a pioneer in the science of botany. His main areas of interest were plant hybridizing and he was one of the early scientists to recognize the role of insects in plant pollination.

The genus, Koelreuteria (goldenrain tree), is named for him.

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