A gardener is any person involved in the growing and maintenance of plants, notably in a garden. The term encompasses persons from different walks of life involved in gardening, arguably the oldest occupation, from the hobbyist in a residential garden, the homeowner supplementing the family food with a small vegetable garden or orchard, to an employee in a nursery or the head gardener in a large estate, or a garden laborer.

The term gardener is also used to describe garden designers and landscape gardeners, who are involved chiefly in the design of gardens, rather than the practical aspects of horticulture.

Gardening has a long history, and there have been many pioneering gardeners of note, from the great landscape gardeners of the 18th century, to those who created or expanded the idea of the "no-dig" garden. In addition, television lifestyle programs have spawned a number of celebrity gardeners.

Notable gardeners

* Luis Barragan
* Geoffrey Bawa
* Lancelot "Capability" Brown
* Carolus Clusius
* Esther Dean
* Charlie Dimmock
* A. J. Downing
* Ian Hamilton Finlay
* Bob Flowerdew
* Pippa Greenwood
* Kevin Inglewood
* C. Z. Guest
* Robert Hart
* Michael Heseltine
* Hotsukimaru
* Derek Jarman
* Thomas Jefferson
* Gertrude Jekyll
* William Kent
* Andre le Notre
* Peter Joseph Lenné
* Lucullus
* Ihei Masatake
* John Beverley Nichols
* Frederick Law Olmsted
* Ozcar
* Russell Page
* Pliny
* Humphrey Repton
* William Robinson
* Ihei Sannojo
* Vita Sackville-West
* William Shenstone
* Geoffrey Smith
* King Solomon
* Theophrastus
* Percy Thrower
* Tiberius
* Alan Titchmarsh
* John Tradescant
* Edith Wharton
* Albert Wilson

Fictional gardeners

* Chance in "Being There"
* Samwise Gamgee in "Lord of the Rings"
* Tom and Barbara Good in "The Good Life"

ee also

* Gardner, a surname
* Museum of Garden History

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