John Abercrombie (horticulturalist)
John Abercrombie (1726–1806) was a Scottish horticulturist important to renovating garden techniques. He is noted for the book Every Man His Own Gardener (1767), which he co-wrote with Thomas Mawe. He also taught botany at the University of Cambridge.
As a young man Abercrombie was employed at the Royal Gardens at Kew, and at Leicester House; and later set up a successful market gardening business in Hackney and later at Tottenham. He rote a number of other works on gardening.
- The Universal Gardener and Botanist; or, a General Dictionary of Gardening and Botany (1778)
- The Garden Mushroom (1779)
- The British Fruit Gardener; and Art of Pruning (1779)
- A General System of Trees and Shrubs (ca. 1780)
- Every Man His Own Gardener, 9th edition (1782)
- Every Man His Own Gardener By John Abercrombie, Thomas Mawe
- The Dictionary of National Biography: the Concise Dictionary. London: Oxford University Press, 1939; p. 3
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