Named after Thomas Fairchild (1667 – October 10, 1729) the Hoxton gardener whose work with Carl Linnæus helped establish the existence of sex in plants. He was an outstanding botanist who had a particular interest in developing hybrid varieties. In 1722 he published The City Gardener, devoted to a description of the trees, plants, shrubs, and flowers which would thrive best in London. When he died he left money for an annual sermon on The Wonderful Works of God in Creation.
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