■ 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.