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Born: 3/21/1826, Died: 11/19/1901

Internationally acclaimed botanist and horticulturist, Thomas Meehan was born in London, England, and studied at Kew Gardens, following the path laid by his father, Edward Meehan, head gardener for a large estate at St. Clare, near Ryde, Ise of Wight. Although self-educated, by the age of 12 he was already publishing learned papers on the topic of botany. He emigrated to the United States when he was 22 years old, settling in the Germantown area of Philadelphia and gaining his first work with Robert Buist,Sr. In 1853 he established Meehan's Nurseries.

His sons carried on his tradition into landscape architecture, establishing Thomas Meehan & Sons.

Meehan was the originator and for 30 years the editor of the Gardener's Monthly (beginning in 1859).

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Pennsylvania Agricultural Society

School Affiliations

  • Harvard University

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