John Abercrombie (horticulturalist)

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For other people with the same name, see John Abercrombie.

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.[1] He also taught botany at the University of Cambridge.[citation needed]

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.[2]

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  1. ^ Every Man His Own Gardener By John Abercrombie, Thomas Mawe
  2. ^ The Dictionary of National Biography: the Concise Dictionary. London: Oxford University Press, 1939; p. 3

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