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
Austrian botanist and
author. The specific epithet,
aka Barren Strawberry, was named
Garden designer in the style of
who was born in Devon,
She accompanied her family first to
New Zealand then
Australia. In the 1920s she developed a village with
'English' gardens at Mooroolbark,
She wrote for Australian Home
Beautiful and the books Gardens in Australia (1943),
Cottage and Garden (1947) and A Gardener's Log (1948).
Frank Kingdon Ward traveled widely in the
as a plant explorer for a period spanning 45 years. During that
published several readable accounts of his experiences included The Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges and The
Romance of Plant Hunting.
During his trips
China, Kingdon collected unusual plants from several genera
Rhododendron and Gentiana
which he brought back to
England. He studied the distribution of
aka Himalayan Blue Poppy,
during his time in
Plants he collected included
United States for whom the genus,
Washingtonia (a genus of
palm trees) was named.
Plants named for his
Mount Vernon, include Picea orientalis 'Mount
Prunus laurocerasus 'Mount Vernon'.
physician and botanist for whom
the genus of ornamental shrubs,
Weigela, was named.
He was a professor of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Botany, and
Mineralogy at the University of Greifswald.
of PBS' The Victory Garden
for five years starting in
2002 and ending in 2007. He owns a landscape design firm.
- Williams, Frances R. ( - 1969)
Miss Willmott is known for her garden at Warley Place in Essex,
part of which became a reserve for the Essex Naturalists' Trust in
1978, though little of her garden remains. She became renowned for
her knowledge of plants, her patronage of plant hunters (notably
Ernest Wilson), the book she published on
roses and her prickly
temperament. Her habit of scattering seeds of
'Miss Wilmott's ghost' in friend's gardens didn't endear her to
those who didn't especially fancy sea holly! She developed the
garden at Boccanegra on the Italian Riviera.
epithets of warleyensis and willmottianum are
named for her. Plants associated with these names include:
Rosa warleyensis, Lysionotus
Potentilla nepalensis ‘Miss Willmott’
One of the most famous plant hunters,
Wilson collected in
for Harry Veitch's nursery and others including the
Arboretum between 1906 and 1919. He served as the Director at Arnold until his death
in a car accident in 1930.
Wilson was a renowned explorer and is credited with "discovering" between 3,000 and 5,000 species
during his many trips to
new plants he introduced to Europe is the easily grown and
Lilium regale. Other introductions include the
Acer griseum (paperbark
Davidia involucrata (The 'Handkerchief Tree'),
Cornus controversa (the giant dogwood) and
Plants bearing his name include
Exochorda giraldii var.
Syzygium wilsonii and
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Wilsonii'.
Jim Wilson appeared for 10
years as co-host of the PBS' television series, The Victory Garden
as host of
HGTV's Great Gardener series. He worked in
industry for over 50 years and was
Among his published works are:
Wildflowers, Landscaping with Herbs, South
Carolina Gardeners Guide, Bulletproof Flowers for the
South, and Jim Wilson's Container Gardening. Jim was
past president of the Garden Writers Association of America, a
member of its hall of fame, and spokesperson for its Plant a Row
for the Hungry program.
English Queen Anne's master gardener and the last of British
'Formalists', Henry Wise was superintendent of the royal gardens
at the recently restored King's Privy
Garden for William III at
These gardens were recorded in the panoramic painting by Leonard Knyff.
partnership with George London, Henry Wise is associated with
aspects of the design of gardens at
Studley Royal, Castle Howard
Newby Hall in Yorkshire and at
in Oxfordshire and Chatsworth in Derbyshire.
Wisteria (spelled with an
e for some reason) was named after this professor of
anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania by the plant explorer,
Wyman served as
Horticulturist of The
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts from 1935-1970. He was instrumental
in introducing many new species to the arboretum as well as to
United States in general. He earned a B.A. from Penn State
and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Wyman was the editor of the
publication, ‘Arnoldia’ and wrote several books including Shrubs and Vines for American Gardens,
Trees for American
Gardens, and Wyman's Gardening Encyclopedia. He also
served as president, director, and trustee of the American
Horticultural Society and trustee of the Massachusetts