Pennsylvania–was born near Edinburgh, Scotland, November 14, 1805.
He was trained at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and came to America in
August 1828. He was employed by D. Landreth, and then took employment
with Henry Pratt who owned Lemon Hill probably one of the finest gardens
in the U.S. at the time. He formed a partnership with Thomas
Hibbert in 1830 in a florist business in Philadelphia. They imported
rare plants and flowers, especially the rose. After Hibbert’s death
he began a seed business, along with the nursery and greenhouse business
called the Robert Buist Company. He later turned the seed business
over to his son Robert. Buist was know for his roses and verbena
and credited with introducing the poinsettia to the United States.
He was the author of The American Flower-Garden Directory (1832);
The Rose Manual (1844); and The Family Kitchen-Gardener (c1847).
He was active with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, treasurer from
1858-1862 and vice-president for twenty-two years. He died in Philadelphia,
July 13, 1880.
Sources: GM-Dec. 1880;
CHSJ-Apr. 1966; Leighton2;