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"Eminent Gardeners: Some People of Influence and Their Gardens 1880-1980 by Jane Brown reflects on a selection of influential twentieth-century British gardeners whose lives all interweave. They include Frances Wolseley (1872-1936, a soldier's daughter who had to fight for her belief in gardening as a woman's career); Lawrence Johnston (1871-1958, an 'American in exile' who created the world-famous garden at Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire); Norah Lindsay (1873-1948, an elusive and highly-talented dsigner with a portfolio of British and European gardens); Huttleston (1896-1966), and Henry Fairhaven (b. 1936, English lords who created the garden at Anglessey Abbey in Cambridgeshire); Anne Jemima Clough (1820-92) and Eleanor Sidgwick (1845-1936, for whom making a garden at Newnham College, Cambridge, was an essential corollary to the education of women), Christopher Tunnard (1910-79, the lone white hope of modern gardens and landscape design in England) and Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932, legendary figure whose name continues to resinate today as one of England's greatest designers and plantswoman of the Arts & Crafts period.
Now out of print, this engaging hardback book, originally published in 1990, is available to HORTUS readers.