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
- Lachman, Wm ( - 1998) and Eleanor ( -
Lawson owned a plant
nursery in Edinburgh, Scotland and his name is most often
associated with the Lawson’s cypress,
In addition, the specific epithets lawsonianus
or lawsonii are named after him.
French nurseryman whose nursery at Nancy was famous for
hybridizing a wide range of landscape plants. Some of his
most famous work came with developing cultivars of
Syringa (lilacs) and
Philadelphus (mockorange). Plants named in his honor
included Philadelphus lemoinei,
Deutzia lemoinei, and
of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition which
western part of the
United States under President
Jefferson. The genus,
Lewisia, was named for him
and he named a genus of annual flowers, Clarkia,
after his co-leader on the famous expedition,
They also found the
Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape holly),
Gaillardia (blanket flower) and
(snowberry) on their journey and brought them back to the
East coast of the United States.
Plants associated with
Mimulus lewisii and
Belgian botanist for
whom the genus, Libertia, was named. Libertia
is a genus of
monocotyledenous plants in the family
Roman architect and man of many
interests who designed the garden at Tivoli in Denmark and the Ovation
Fountain, for Cardinal d'Este, between 1550 and the 1580s.
Linnaeus was a Swedish
Professor of Medicine and Botany at Upsala University. His major
claim to fame is that he put the final touches on a method for
naming living organisms that is known as binomial nomenclature.
In this system, every plant or
animal is known by a simple, two word name consisting of a genus
and species designation. For example, a red oak is known
throughout the world by the Latinized term,
to the acceptance of binomial nomenclature by the wider
scientific community, plants or animals were usually given very
long, multiple word names that consisted of descriptive phrases.
These were very confusing and difficult for all but the top
experts to remember.
Linnaeus published may works
in Latin and often used his name rendered in that language as
Carolus Linnæus or after 1761 Carolus a Linné. His most
definitive writings included Genera Plantarum and Species Plantarum.
He was in the habit of naming
plants in honor of former students and fellow botanists
Baron Claus Alstroemer,
Rev. Adam Buddle,
His garden at Uppsala is a living monument to his work and is
now open to the public. It was created by Olof Rudbeck, the
elder around 1655 and reflects the French Style of landscape
design. There are about 1,300 species of plant in the garden
that were known to have been cultivated by Linnaeus. They are
arranged according to his own system of nomenclature.
in the house on the grounds of his wonderful garden,
Great Dixter, in
Northiam, East Sussex,
England, Lloyd studied horticulture at Wye College
at the University of London. He was a world famous
gardener, writer and lecturer. Lloyd was
Victoria Medal of Honour by the
Horticultural Society in 1979.
Plants associated with Christopher Lloyd
or Great Dixter include
Gazania 'Christopher Lloyd'
Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy'.
His books include:
Mixed Border (1957)
Shrubs & Trees for Small Gardens (1965)
Clematis (1965, revised 1989)
Hardy Perennials (1967)
Gardening on Chalk and Lime (1969)
The Well-Tempered Garden (1970)
Foliage Plants (1973, revised 1985)
The Adventurous Gardener (1983)
The Well-Chosen Garden (1984)
The Year at Great Dixter (1987)
Garden Flowers from Seed (1992)
Christopher Lloyd’s Flower Garden (1993)
In my Garden (1993)
Planting Your Garden (1993)
Other People’s Gardens (1995)
Gardener Cook (1997)
Dear Friend and Gardener (1998)
Christopher Lloyd’s Garden Year (1999)
Christopher Lloyd’s Garden Flowers (2000)
The Lobbs are considered the first plant
explorers who went in search of new plants primarily for
commercial purposes. Thomas Lobb was noted for exploring the
Far East while William Lobb made trips into
North America. Prior to their expeditions, most others
were funded by public gardens or scientific organizations.
Their employer and trip sponsor was the Veitch Nursery of Cornwall,
Plants associated with them include
Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree),
darwinii, Crinodendron hookerianum,
Hydrangea lobbii, Luma
Sequoiadendron giganteum and
botanist who moved to
England where he became
to King James I.
The plant genus,
Lobelia, and the
botanical family, Lobeliaceae, are named after him.
associated with him include
Ulmus x hollandica
A pupil of John Rose and for a time, gardener to Henry Compton,
Bishop of London, at Fulham Palace. He visited the
Palace of Versailles when he
was in the service of the Earl of Portland and later, in collaboration
with Henry Wise, laid out similar formal design gardens at many English estates.
In King James II's reign,
London and Moses Cook (gardener to the Earl of
Essex), Lucre (gardener to the Queen Dowager at Somerset House),
and Field (gardener to the Earl of Bedford), joined in founding
the celebrated Brompton Nurseries.
George London is most associated with the
Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth,
Studley Royal (Yorkshire) and
Newby Hall (Yorkshire).
physician and botanist for whom the genus,
"encyclopedist" who compiled the first complete record
of hardy trees in a book called Arboretum et Fructicetum Britannicum
The huge book was
shortened in 1842 to a mere 1,200 pages and published as Trees and
Shrubs of Great
He is said to have coined the expression 'gardenesque
style' in which the characteristics of individual
trees, shrubs and perennials are emphasized rather than being
planted in large
masses. Each plant is given enough space to grow to its natural
size without being encumbered by surrounding plants in the
Note: According to
the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Encyclopedists” is the
name usually applied to the group of French philosophers and men
of letters who collaborated in the production of the famous
Encyclopedie, or were in sympathy with its principles...The
intention was to provide a complete alphabetical treatment of
the whole field of human knowledge from the standpoint of the
Lutyens was a famed English architect who designed
both private country houses and public buildings. He was an
associate of Gertrude Jekyll and
worked with her to design the house and gardens at
Moutiers near Dieppe,
France, the gardens at Hestercombe in Somerset,
Castle Drogo in Devon, Knebworth House in Hertfordshire and many
other houses and gardens around
England. He was also associated with the design
Scottish gardener and
botanist who had the specific epithet, lyonii, named for him.
Plants with this name include
Chelone lyonii, Pentachaeta lyonii,
lyonii and Epigeneium lyonii.
Email comment from David: "Three of the
plant names you list under John Lyon were not named for him.
Chelone lyonii is named for him as are Calycocarpum
lyonii, Leiophyllum lyonii, Oxalis lyonii, Rosa carolina lyonii
and the genus Lyonia.
lyonii and Epigeneia lyonii
were all named for William Scrugham Lyon who collected in
Southern California and the