List of Famous Gardeners People

List of Famous Gardeners

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List of famous gardeners, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top gardeners in the world? This includes the most prominent gardeners, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable gardeners is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic gardeners were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned gardeners.

Items include everything from Derek Jarman to Kim Wilde.

From reputable, prominent, and well known gardeners to the lesser known gardeners of today, these are some of the best professionals in the gardener field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous gardeners ever?" and "What are the names of famous gardeners?" then you're in the right place. (38 items)


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    Kim Wilde
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    Kim Wilde is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single "Kids in America", which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female. In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with her version ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England
    • Profession: Gardener, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Author, Disc jockey, + more
    • Credits: The 100 Greatest Musicals
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    Lancelot "Capability" Brown

    Lancelot "Capability" Brown
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    Lancelot Brown, more commonly known as Capability Brown, was an English landscape architect. He is remembered as "the last of the great English eighteenth-century artists to be accorded his due", and "England's greatest gardener". He designed over 170 parks, many of which still endure. His influence was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1716-1783)
    • Birthplace: Northumberland, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Architect
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    Frederick Law Olmsted
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    Frederick Law Olmsted was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, although many scholars have bestowed that title upon Andrew Jackson Downing. Olmsted was famous for co-designing ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1822-1903)
    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Designer, Architect, Landscape architect
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    Derek Jarman
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    Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1942-1994)
    • Birthplace: Middlesex, Eurasia, Northwood, United Kingdom, London, + more
    • Profession: Gardener, Author, Writer, Artist, Film Director
    • Credits: Caravaggio, Aria, Sebastiane, Edward II, The Tempest, + more
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    Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
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    Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. was an American landscape architect who is best known for his wildlife conservation efforts. He had a lifetime commitment to national parks, and worked on projects in Acadia, the Everglades and Yosemite National Park. Olmsted Point in Yosemite and Olmsted Island at Great Falls ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1870-1957)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect
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    Edith Wharton
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    Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1862-1937)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Designer, Writer
    • Credits: The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, The Old Maid, Passion's Way, The Age of Innocence, + more
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    Alan Fred Titchmarsh, MBE DL is an English gardener, broadcaster, and novelist. After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, he established himself as a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes. He has developed a diverse writing and broadcasting career.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Ilkley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Gardener, Novelist, Actor, Gardening, Presenter
    • Credits: RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Gardeners' World, Ground Force, British Isles – A Natural History, Saving Planet Earth, + more
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    Carolus Clusius
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    Charles de l'Écluse, L'Escluse, or Carolus Clusius, seigneur de Watènes, was a Flemish doctor and pioneering botanist, perhaps the most influential of all 16th-century scientific horticulturists.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1526-1609)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Metropolitan France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Arras, Pas-de-Calais
    • Profession: Horticulturist, Scientist, Botanist
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    Derek Robert Nimmo was an English character actor, producer and author. He was particularly associated with upper class "silly-ass" roles, and clerical roles.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1930-1999)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, England
    • Profession: Theatre Manager, Actor
    • Credits: Casino Royale, Heavens Above!, One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, The Liquidator, Murder Ahoy!, + more
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    Jamie Paul Durie OAM is an Australian-born award-winning international horticulturalist and landscape designer. He is founder and Director of Durie Design, a television host and producer, the author of 9 best-selling books and a passionate environmentalist and humanitarian. Durie previously was the host ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Manly, Australia
    • Profession: Gardener, Designer, Presenter
    • Credits: The Block, The Outdoor Room, Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, Backyard Blitz, Top Design Australia, + more
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    Peter Cundall
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    Peter Cundall, AM is a horticulturalist, conservationist, author, broadcaster and television personality in Australia. He currently lives in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and until the age of 81 continued to be a presenter of the ABC TV program Gardening Australia. His last show aired on 26 July 2008. He ...more

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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: Manchester, England
    • Profession: Gardener, Environmentalist, Soldier, Conservationist, Presenter
    • Credits: Gardening Australia
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    Gertrude Jekyll was an influential British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and wrote over 1,000 articles for magazines such as Country Life and William Robinson's The Garden. Jekyll has been described ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1843-1932)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Gardener, Architect, Writer
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    Monty Don

    Montagu Denis Wyatt "Monty" Don is an English television presenter, writer and speaker on horticulture, best known for presenting the BBC television series Gardeners' World.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Gardener, Writer, Presenter
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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Binghamton, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Gardener, Illustrator, Homemaker
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    Christine Helen Walkden is a British television presenter and gardener, best known for her appearances on gardening programmes and The One Show. She has hosted her own series, Christine's Garden on the BBC.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Rishton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Gardener, Author, Gardening, Presenter
    • Credits: The One Show
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    Christopher Lee
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    Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, is an English actor, singer and author. Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a string of popular Hammer Horror films. His other notable roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man ...more

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    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Military Officer, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Alice in Wonderland, + more
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    Percy Thrower

    Percy John Thrower MBE was a British gardener, horticulturist, broadcaster and writer born at Horwood House in the village of Little Horwood in Buckinghamshire. He became nationally known through presenting various gardening programmes, starting in 1956 on the BBC's Gardening Club then later on the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1913-1988)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Gardener, Presenter
    • Credits: Gardeners' World
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    Carol Klein is an English gardening expert, who also works as a television presenter and newspaper columnist. Born in Walkden, Lancashire, in 1945, Carol attended Bolton School and then trained as an art teacher and taught in schools in the London area before moving to Devon. There she lectured at North ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Walkden, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Gardener, Presenter
    • Credits: Gardeners' World, Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein, Grow Your Own
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    Joseph Wells was an English cricketer. Wells was born at Penshurst Place in Kent. His uncle was Timothy Duke, a Penshurst bat and ball manufacturer. He married Sarah Neal, a former domestic servant who was housemaid at Uppark House in West Sussex between 1850-1855. Joseph was the head gardener at Uppark ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1828-1910)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Gardener, Cricketer, Shopkeeper
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    C.H. Middleton
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    C.H. Middleton was a gardener, radio broadcaster, writer and film actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1886-1945)
    • Birthplace: Weston, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Gardener, Radio Broadcaster, Writer
    • Credits: Band Waggon
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