Botanist and horticulturist. Born at Catton, near Norwich. He was appointed assistant secretary to the Horticultural Sociery of London in 1827, and in 1827 was Professor of Botany at University College London. He prepared a report on the royal gardens at Kew, which saved them from destruction and led to the creation of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The most important of his many publications were those on orchids. Died at home,where the plaque now is.
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