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Donald Beaton


Scottish gardener. An expert on bedding schemes and hybridisation. Trained in the gardens at Beaufort Castle, Inverness-shire. Gardener to William Gordon-Cumming at his estate in Altyre, at the Dickson & Turnbull nursery in Perth, and at the Caledonian Horticultural Society in Edinburgh. Head gardener and estate manager to William Gordon of Haffield House, Herefordshire, 1829–37; gardener to Thomas Harris of Kingsbury, Kilburn, London, then head gardener to William Fowle Middleton of Shrubland Park, Suffolk, from 1840. A regular contributor to the Gardener’s Magazine and the Cottage Gardener.


Cottage Gardener, 28 November 1854, pp. 153–8

R. Desmond 1994

Hadfield et al. 1980.


Desmond, Ray. 1994. Dictionary of British and Irish botanists and horticulturists including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. New edition, revised with the assistance of Christine Ellwood. London: Taylor & Francis and the Natural History Museum. Bristol, Pa.: Taylor & Francis.