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Famous Horticulturists

So, have you been reading the articles on this website on famous horticulturists?  If not, they can be found linked under the Home Gardener section.  Now test your knowledge of these influential people in our gardening history over the last 2000 years!

Click on the answer link for the answer, then the back button for the next question.  So you don't get clues, try and answer them all first before looking below at the answers. 

1.  Who was the English architect in the early 1900's known for his incorporation of Italian garden elements into English landscapes?  His own garden at Iford Manor is a good example.   answer

2. He is considered the father of horticulture in America, and wrote many books, his most famous being Hortus.  answer

3.  This famous physician from Asia Minor was one of the earliest to publish plant descriptions in his book De Materia Medica, descriptions which have influenced botany and herbals to this day.   answer

4.  You can thank this man the next time you visit a public park, as he was the first to advocate such in this country.  He was also a famous author in the first half of the 19th century, being the first to write on landscape gardening in America.  answer

5.  We can't forget the women.  This landscape architect was famous in the first half of the 20th century, her best known work perhaps being Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC.  answer

6. The author of the best known herbal, first published in 1597.   answer

7.  If you know anyone in landscaping, you should know this man-- the most famous American landscape architect, his most famous project being Central Park.  answer

8.  This famous Roman wrote an extensive encyclopedia in 37 books on natural history, in two of which he extensively covered horticulture at that time.  answer

9.  He published the first gardening manual in the United States in 1835.   answer

10.  The German nurseryman from the first 2/3 of the 20th century, famous for introducing many perennials including Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'.  answer

1. Harold Peto

2. Liberty Hyde Bailey

3. Dioscorides

4. Andrew Jackson Downing

5. Beatrix Farrand

6. John Gerard

7. Frederick Law Olmsted

8.  Pliny the Elder

9. Thomas Bridgeman

10. Karl Foerster

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