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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.


Allan 1982

R. Desmond 1994

Gardeners’ Chronicle 3d ser. 97 (1935): 323–4


Allan, Mea. 1982. William Robinson 1838–1935. Father of the English flower garden. London: Faber and Faber.

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.