History of Garden Staff

staff october 1950

Long-serving staff at the Garden. October 1950.

Praefectus Horti/Demonstrator

  • James Petiver (1664-1718) FRS, Demonstrator 1709?-18
  • Isaac Rand (-1743) FRS, Demonstrator 1722-39? Praefectus Horti 1724-43
  • Joseph Miller (-1748), Demonstrator 1740-48, Praefectus Horti 1743-47
  • John Wilmer (1697-1769), Demonstrator 1748-64
  • William Hudson (1734-93) FRS, FLS, Demonstrator and Praefectus Horti 1765-71
  • Stanesby Alchorne (1727-1800), Demonstrator? and Praefectus Horti 1771-72
  • William Curtis (1746-99) FLS, Demonstrator and Praefectus Horti 1772-77
  • Thomas Wheeler (1754-1847) FLS, Demonstrator and Praefectus Horti 1778-1820
  • James Lowe Wheeler (fl. 1820s-1870) FLS, Demonstrator 1821-34. Professor of Botany, Examiner for prizes in botany
  • Gilbert Thomas Burnett (1800-35) FLS, Professor of Botany 1835
  • John Lindley (1799-1865) FRS, Praefectus Horti 1836-53 and professor of botany
  • Post abolished 1853

Gardener/Curator

  • Spencer Piggott (dates unknown) – c. 1677/8
  • Richard Pratt (dates unknown) – 1678?
  • John Watts (fl. 1670s-90s), Curator/Director 1680-92/3
  • Samuel Doody (1656-1706) FRS, Curator? 1692/3/5-?1706
  • Committee to oversee Garden, incl J. Miller, I. Rand – 1707-?
  • Charles Gardiner (dates unknown) – 1722
  • Philip Miller (1691-1771) FRS, Gardener 1722-70
  • William Forsyth (1734-1804) FLS, Gardener 1771-84
  • John Fairbairn (fl.1780s-1814) FLS, Curator 1784-1814
  • William Anderson (1766-1846) FLS, Curator 1815-46
  • Robert Fortune (1812-80), Curator 1846-48
  • Thomas Moore (1821-87) FLS, Curator 1848-87
  • Post vacant 1887-99
  • William Hales (1874-1937) ALS, VMM, VMH, Curator 1899-1937
  • George William Robinson (1898-1976) VMH, Curator 1937-42
  • Post vacant 1942-46
  • William Gregor MacKenzie (1904-95) VMH, Curator 1946-73
  • Allen Paterson, FLS, Curator 1973-81
  • Duncan Donald, Curator 1982-90
  • Sue Minter FLS, Curator 1991-2001
  • Rosie Atkins FLS, Curator 2002-2010
  • Christopher Bailes, Curator 2011 – Present

Head Gardener/Foremen

  • Edward Ball (-1939 ), Foreman 1889-1939
  • George Boon (dates unknown), Foreman? 1940-59
  • John Casky (dates unknown), Foreman 1959-73
  • Chris Holroyd (dates unknown), Head Gardener 1974-79
  • James Compton (1957-), Head Gardener 1984-90
  • Fiona Crumley (1962-), Head Gardener 1990-2001
  • Christopher Leach, Head Gardener 2001-2003
  • Mark Poswillo, Head Gardener 2003-2010
  • Nick Bailey, Head Gardener 2010- Present
New Garden of Medicinal Plants takes shape – opened April 2014
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