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WILLIAM

G0LDE1NG.

OF the many notable men that the Kew Guild includes within its - ranks, it is no small distinction that among them may be counted the leading professional landscape gardener of the day. I n landscape art the English practitioner has always held a prominent place; and, since Bridge man and Brown broke away, from the L e Notre tradition, usually the leading place. Mr. Goldring worthily carries ,on the work done by those two men, by K e n t and Repton, and, in recent^imes,.by, Downing and Mariiock. Since France lost* Andre, and the United States Olmsted, Goldring lias stood an easy first in his profession. Born at West Dean, near Chichester, in May 1854, he came to Kew in 1875, Four years later, after having for some time bad charge of the Herbaceous Department, he left to become Assistant Editor'of the Garden and, soon after, Editor of Woods and Forests. Whilst still attached to these papers he commenced to practise landscape gardening, and in 1886 severed his connection with journalism to give his whole time to his new profession. His first important work was the transformation of what were then some market gardens at Earl's Court into the famous Exhibition Grounds they have since remained. - Two years later he was nominated by our late Director to lay out extensive parks and gardens for the Gaekwar and Government of Baroda. For several; years he spent the winter months in India, ultimately relinquishing the immediate supervision of the work and the carrying out of his, plans to a succession of Old Kewites—Messrs. Henry, Krumbeigel, and. Cavanagh. How deep a mark Goldring has made on the gardens of our own country maybe judged from the fact that since lie commenced, to practise the number of demesnes oh which he hasworked is nearly 700. H e has helped to beautify the surroundings of such stately homes as Wei beck, Hatfield, Beaudesart, Cobham Hall,, Stratton, Hackwood, Knowsley, and Beaufort Castle. I n France his chief work has been for Baron Rothschild at Laversine, 1 the Chateau Vermont, and at L e Touquet. .He has laid out or remodelled public parks in Sheffield, Eastbourne, Weymouth, Dorchester, Norwich, Reading, and Dublin. At Dublin he was retained by Government in 1903 to advise upon the replanting. of Phoenix Park after the great gale. In 1904, at the St. Louis Exhibition he prepared the design for a garden, in the style of the late Stuart Period, surrounding the British Pavilion. For this work he was awarded the Gold Medal. Mr. Goldring's success has a solid foundation in his deep knowledge of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Like the Old Masters, * who not only laid on their colours with unapproachable skill but knew how to prepare their own oils and pigments, he, also, combines with his power of imagining beautiful garden scenes that intimate knowledgeof his materials which enables him to give them reality and permanence. W. J . B ; G- 2

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