Gar­den­ing his­tory

10-16 April

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

■ 10 April 1633 Ba­nanas were dis­played for the first time in a Lon­don shop win­dow.

■ 12 April 1748

Wil­liam Kent, land­scape gar­dener and ar­chi­tect, died. He was one of the orig­i­na­tors of the

English land­scape gar­den, a style of ‘nat­u­ral’ gar­den­ing that rev­o­lu­tionised the lay­ing out of gar­dens and es­tates.

■ 13 April 1852 Frank Win­field Wool­worth, chain-store pi­o­neer, was born. In the

1950s and ’60s F.W. Wool­worth was the lead­ing sup­plier of seeds and plants (along with sta­tionery and sweets) in the UK. ■ 15 April 1715 Rev Adam Bud­dle, af­ter whom the bud­dleja is named, died.

■ 16 April 1879

Lord Henry Aber­con­way was born. Later the owner of Bod­nant Gar­den in North Wales, he be­came Pres­i­dent of the RHS. On the same day 34 years later (1913), his son Lord Charles Aber­con­way was born – who also even­tu­ally be­come Pres­i­dent of the RHS.

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