History of Garden Staff

staff october 1950

Long-serving staff at the Garden. October 1950.

Praefectus Horti/Demonstrator

  • James Petiver FRS, Demonstrator c.1709-18
  • Isaac Rand FRS, Demonstrator c.1722-39 Praefectus Horti 1724-43
  • Joseph Miller, Demonstrator 1740-48, Praefectus Horti 1743-47
  • John Wilmer, Demonstrator 1748-64
  • William Hudson FRS, FLS, Demonstrator and Praefectus Horti 1765-71
  • Stanesby Alchorne, Demonstrator and Praefectus Horti 1771-72
  • William Curtis FLS, Demonstrator and Praefectus Horti 1772-77
  • Thomas Wheeler  FLS, Demonstrator and Praefectus Horti 1778-1820
  • James Lowe Wheeler FLS, Demonstrator 1821-34. Professor of Botany, Examiner for prizes in botany
  • Gilbert Thomas Burnett FLS, Professor of Botany 1835
  • John Lindley FRS, Praefectus Horti 1836-53 and professor of botany
  • Post abolished 1853

Gardener/Curator

  • Spencer Piggott  – c.1677/8
  • Richard Pratt  – 1678
  • John Watts, Curator/Director 1680-c.1693
  • Samuel Doody FRS, Curator 1692-c.1706
  • Committee to oversee Garden, incl J. Miller, I. Rand – 1707
  • Charles Gardiner  - 1722
  • Philip Miller  FRS, Gardener 1722-70
  • William Forsyth FLS, Gardener 1771-84
  • John Fairbairn FLS, Curator 1784-1814
  • William Anderson  FLS, Curator 1815-46
  • Robert Fortune, Curator 1846-48
  • Thomas Moore  FLS, Curator 1848-87
  • Post vacant 1887-99
  • William Hales ALS, VMM, VMH, Curator 1899-1937
  • George William Robinson VMH, Curator 1937-42
  • Post vacant 1942-46
  • William Gregor MacKenzie 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 – 2014

Director/Curator

  • Sue Medway, 2014 – present

Head Gardener/Foremen

  • Edward Ball, Foreman 1889-1939
  • George Boon, Foreman 1940-59
  • John Casky, Foreman 1959-73
  • Chris Holroyd, Head Gardener 1974-79
  • Alan Burman, Head Gardener 1980-1983
  • James Compton, Head Gardener 1984-90
  • Fiona Crumley, 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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