Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists

Edited by Ray Desmond

This work provides a comprehensive reference source of British and Irish botanists and horticulturalists over the past four centuries. The book also includes plant collectors, flower painters and for the first time garden designers.

978 0 850 66843 8
February 1994
254 x 203 mm
900 pp
Taylor & Francis in association with the Natural History Museum


Over the past four centuries botanists and gardeners in the British Isles have gathered, maintained and propagated many varying species of plants. Their work has been documented in innumerable books and articles which are often difficult to trace. The Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists represents a time-saving reference source for those who wish to discover more about the lives and achievements of the horticulturalists listed.

The dictionary's utility comes not only from indicating the major publications of the named authors, but also the location of their herbaria and manuscripts. The previous 1977 edition of the Dictionary has for many years been a much used source of information for botanists, botanic artists and archivists. In this revised edition the scope has been expanded to include among its 13,000 entries flower painters in addition to botanical artists over 1400 entries and, for the first time, garden designers.

Each entry gives, wherever possible, details of dates and places of birth and death, educational qualifications, professional posts, honours and awards, publications, location of plant collections, manuscripts, drawings and portraits. Its main function, however, is to provide further biographical references to books and periodicals. Comprehensive classified indices facilitate access by professions and activities, countries, and plant interests.

Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists is available to order from our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.

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