Montague Free

Mon­tague Free (1885–1965) was a British-born mas­ter gar­den­er, grad­u­ate of the Roy­al Botan­ic Gar­dens and author, who lat­er moved to the Unit­ed States and became hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and director for the world-reknowned Brook­lyn Botan­ic Gar­den (BBG), hired by Dr. Gager as Plant Infor­ma­tion Spe­cial­ist in 1920 and lat­er insti­tut­ing its Cran­ford Rose Gar­den in 1928. Took part in a series of exen­sion class­es at the tors/Hunt_Wm_Lanier.htm”>UNC Herbar­i­um at the request of William Lanier Hunt in the 1930s. Authored many pop­u­lar mid-cen­tu­ry books on gar­den­ing. Free lat­er moved to Ver­mont.




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Links and articles

Advo­cat­ed washed beach sand for use in pot­ting soil mix­ture [NYTimes ref]

Brought peren­ni­al asters from Britain to the Brook­lyn Botan­ic Gar­den in 1921 [NY Times arti­cle about their 1922 bloom]

Free’s 1951 com­ments on Maud H. Pur­dy (1873–1965)

tourism/destinations-attractions/217029–1.html”>Article on peren­ni­al gar­dens men­tions Free’s All About the Peren­ni­al Gar­den.

First published on February 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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