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MEAGER, LEONARD (1624?–1704?), gardener, was for some time in the service of Philip Holmlan of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, who encouraged his experiments in the art of gardening. Although hampered by ‘multiplicity of business together with the want of learning,’ Meager published, among other works which obtained popularity: 1. ‘The English Gardener, or a Sure Guide to Young Planters and Gardeners, in three parts,’ &c., London, 1670, 4to; 9th edit. 1699. Republished as ‘The Compleat English Gardener,’ &c., 10th edit. ‘To which is now added a Supplement [by S. G.],’ London, 1704, 4to; 11th edit. 1710 (?), 4to. 2. ‘The New Art of Gardening; with the Gardener's Almanack,’ &c., London, 1697, 12mo; 2nd edit. corrected, 1732.

[English Gardener, 1670, Ep. Ded.; Loudon's Encyclopædia of Gardening, 1822, p. 88; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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