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LOUDON, John Claudius (1783-1843) Botanist

Born Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and studied chemistry, botany and agriculture at Edinburgh University. Described himself as a landscape planner and later as a city planner. He wrote extensively on gardening and agriculture, his most important work being “Arboretum et Fruiticetum Britannicum”, an exhaustive account of all trees and shrubs in Great Britain. He founded the Gardener’s Magazine, the first periodical devoted solely to horticulture, and the Magazine of Natural History. His design for the arboretum at Derby served as inspiration for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

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