Use Places & People to search over 6,600 parks and gardens in the UK and 2,100 biographies of people associated with them. Image location: Bedgebury National Pinetum

Learn about the rich heritage of parks and gardens in Topics.
Image location: Powis Castle

Follow News & Events, updated regularly with the latest information affecting historic parks and gardens. Image location: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Visit the Schools for ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks. Image location: Trentham

Join us as a volunteer and Research & Record historic parks and gardens in your area.
Image location: Cirencester Abbey

View the Illustrated Glossary which provides definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic parks and gardens. Image location: Pannett Park

Stephen Percival Cane - Summary



Date of Birth: 20/09/1881

Date of Death: 23/02/1976

Period Active Earliest Date: 1902

Period Active Latest Date: 1972

Gender: male

Nationality: English

Notable dates

  • Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch memorial medal . 1963

Occupation: Designer


Percy Cane was born in Essex in 1881. He was inspired to become a garden designer after visiting Harold Peto's garden at Easton Lodge. He studied art and architecture at the Chelmsford College of Science and Art and wrote for the monthly magazine My Garden from 1915 onwards.

By 1919 he was established as a garden architect in London, and within a decade had built up a great reputation. He received several large commissions after World War 2, working mainly in large private gardens. He also produced several books on garden design from the 1920s to the 1960s. He was the winner of eight gold and three silver medals at Chelsea. He gained the Royal Horticultural Society Veitch medal in 1963 and continued to work until 1972. He died in Oxfordshire in 1976.


Johnson, Charlotte,  ‘Cane, Stephen Percival (1881–1976)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) <> [accessed 7 Dec 2007]

Hadfield, Miles, et. al., British Gardeners: A Biographical Dictionary (London: A. Zwemmer, 1980), pp. 58-59.

This person is associated with the following sites: