(4 February 1912 – 22 March 1983) was an American landscape architect
and writer who studied and lived in England
Born in West Orange, New Jersey
, Roper received an honors degree in Fine Arts from Harvard University
He served in the US Navy
in World War II
, and was in charge of Division 67 on D-Day
Roper had many garden commissions all over England, and some in Ireland
and the United States. He was commissioned as Prince Charles
' landscape gardener in 1981 to do the grounds at Highgrove House
in the Cotswolds
. From 1951 to 1957 was on the staff of the Royal Horticultural Society as Assistant to the Editor.
Roper wrote seven books, including Successful Town Gardening
, Hardy Herbaceous Plants
, The gardens in the Royal park at Windsor
and On gardens and gardening
The Lanning Roper Memorial Garden at the Trinity Hospice
on Clapham Common
, London, was originally designed by Lanning and constructed after his death. The woodland walk at the Farnsworth House
in Plano, Illinois
now bears Lanning's name, and at Scotney Castle
in England, a streamside walk is dedicated to Lanning's memory.
Lanning Roper died in Paddington, London
, and his ashes were scattered over the gardens at Scotney Castle.
A book about Lanning Roper titled Lanning Roper and his Gardens
was written by Jane Brown in 1987.