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Thomas Blaikie

1758 - 1838

Garden designer, who became known as the Capability Brown of France. Blaikie was raised in Corstorphine (Edinburgh) but was sent abroad in 1775 to look for rare alpine plants in Switzerland. He then entered the service of Comte de Lauraguais, and later the Comte d'Artois. He settled in Paris where he became known for planning the remarkable garden at Bagatelle (in the Anglo-Chinese style), laying out the gardens of Malmaison for the Empress Josephine and, in 1786, renovating Parc Monceau.

His Diary of a Scotch Gardener at the French Court at the End of the Eighteenth Century was published in London in 1931. There is a memorial in Edinburgh Zoo on the site of what was once his nursery.

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