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.

English playwright and architect of Castle Howard (North Yorkshire), Seaton Delaval Hall (Northumberland), Blenheim Palace (Oxfordshire), Stowe (Buckinghamshire) and Claremont (Surrey).



This Dutch lawyer was a sponsor of one of Carl Thunberg's plant explorations to Japan in the 1770s. The genus, Deutzia (beautybush) was named in his honor by Thunberg.

A plant enthusiast, Van Houtte founded The Belgian Horticulturist, a monthly magazine in 1832. In the 1830's, he visited several countries in South America and Central America where he collected plants which he took back to Belgium.  Later, he founded the Belgian Royal Horticultural Society. He had a huge plant nursery in Ghent where he propagated many of his introductions.

Plants associated with him include Spiraea x vanhouttei, Campanula 'Van-Houttei', Rhododendron 'Louis Aimee van Houtte', Clematis 'Madame van Houtte' and Rosa 'Marie van Houtte'

John van Nost was known as the greatest English maker of garden ornaments of the early 18th century. His statue of Hercules is at Powis Castle (Powys), a fluting shepherd boy at Canons Ashby House, (Northamptonshire), the Four Faces Urn at Melbourne Hall (Derbyshire), Father Time at Duncombe Park (Yorkshire), Hercules at Chirk Castle (Denbighshire). Some of the statues at Castle Howard (Yorkshire) are also thought to have been his work.

A widely known garden designer and author, Verey and her husband purchased Barnsley House in the early 1960's. Her books included "The Scented Garden", "English Country Gardens", and "Making of a Garden." She encouraged making kitchen gardens both utilitarian and ornamental. Mrs. Verey's clients included Prince Charles and Elton John.

Geranium x oxonianum 'Rosemary Verey' is named for her.

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