Bertram Symons-Jeune attended Eton College before going up to Oxford University, where he studied architecture. He worked as an interpreter in Basra and Kurdistan during World War One, an experience which left him in poor health and led him to take up gardening. He made himself into an authority on rock gardening and some of his creations became world famous. He wrote books on phlox growing and also on punting, having been an expert on the latter activity in his younger years. He spent his final years in Jamaica where he was said to have the finest garden in the whole country
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