William Robinson


Irish-born gardener and writer. Under-gardener at the Royal Botanic Society, Regent’s Park, 1861–3; foreman of the herbaceous department, 1863–7. Travelled in France, 1867–8, and North America, 1870. Promoted the use of perennials. Founded the Garden, 1871, and Gardening Illustrated, 1879.

Sources: Allan 1982, R. Desmond 1994, Gardeners’ Chronicle 3d ser. 97 (1935): 323–4. (See the bibliography for full references to sources)