Philip Miller (1691 - 1771),
was one of England’s great eighteenth century gardeners. He
was appointed Curator / Gardener to the society of Apothecaries
(fl 1722-70), in whose care the Chelsea Physic Garden became
an outstanding botanic garden, renowned throughout Europe,
particularly for its North American plants.
Miller was also
secretary to the Society of Gardeners, an elite group of about
20, who met monthly 1724 - 30 to examine and compare the various
seasonal specimens brought by members. They named many new
species for the first time. It was from this society that there
arose the publication of the Gardeners
Dictionary, London 1731,
an important horticultural milestone widely used for over 100
years. It became the forerunner of later Gardening Dictionaries.
1775, Miller published Figures of the
Most Beautiful Plants Described in the Gardeners Dictionary,
of which there were three editions. This was a selection of
the best from the
Gardeners Dictionary, and we are proud to offer prints
from the Rare First Edition published in 1760.
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