Lanning Roper

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Lanning Roper (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 in 1933.

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 (including Castlemartin), France, Italy, Switzerland 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 Lamberhurst, Kent 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.

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