The Lindley Library - Royal Horticultural Society

The Lindley Library - Royal Horticultural Society
The Lindley Library
Royal Horticultural Society
80 Vincent Square
London
Greater London
SW1P 2PE
England

Website

www.rhs.org.uk/learning/libraries/libraries_london.asp

E-mail

library.london@rhs.org.uk

Telephone

020 7821 3050

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The RHS Lindley Libraries are the largest visual and written resource on horticulture in the world. Collections, including books, art, photographs, and archives span 500 years of Britain’s gardening history.
Free access to modern collections of 20th century books and journals.
Heritage collections of garden history, art, photographs and archives may be consulted by prior appointment only.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Modern collections of books and journals are open to the public 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

Monthly evening lectures held.
Details at http://www.rhs.org.uk/About-Us/RHS-Lindley-Library/Exhibitions-and-events

The collection in London comprises over 50,000 books, ranging in date from 1514 to the present, over 300 current periodicals, as well as many older runs of periodicals, 22,000 botanical drawings, the country's largest collection of horticultural trade catalogues, and the Society's archives. Members may borrow books from the Library, by post as well as in person.

Collection details

Agriculture, Fine Art, Natural Sciences

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Hooker
  • Nellie Roberts
  • Claude Aubriet
  • Georg Dionysius Ehret
  • Lilian Snelling
  • Anna Paoletto
  • Kate Nessler
  • Graham Stuart Thomas
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Lost Worlds

  • 6 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

A look at the unique “lost world” tepuis mountains of Venezuela, and their extraordinary animals, plants, landscapes and story of exploration. The tepuis are giant sandstone plateaus that have been isolated since the time of the dinosaurs. Their discovery captured Victorian imagination, and their final conquest directly inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7 Royal Horticultural Society Members; non-members £10.
Doors open 18.00 for complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Talk starts at 18.30.
Booking ref. 11155
To book: Tel 0845 612 1253 (Lines open Mon to Friday 9-5)

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/About-Us/RHS-Lindley-Library/Exhibitions-and-events

Gertrude Jekyll: her art & her place in garden history

  • 10 June 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Rosamund Wallinger and her husband bought the derelict Manor House at Upton Grey in 1984. With the help and advice of Penelope Hobhouse and the newly formed Hampshire Gardens Trust she obtained copies of Gertrude Jekyll's 1908 plans and set about restoring the five-acre garden. Today the garden is living testimony to her eclectic art. Rosamund will tell the adventure of its restoration and why Miss Jekyll is admired around the world today.

Admission

£7 Royal Horticultural Society Members; non-members £10.
Doors open 18.00 for complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Talk starts at 18.30.
Booking ref. 11158
To book: Tel 0845 612 1253 (Lines open Mon to Friday 9-5)

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/About-Us/RHS-Lindley-Library/Exhibitions-and-events

British Gardens in Time

  • 16 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Gardens have long been markers of social status, wealth and taste, this talk explores how four great British gardens also reflect the changing cultural values of their time.

In the eighteenth century Lord Cobham used his garden at Stowe to express his growing disillusionment with the government he helped create; in the nineteenth century James Bateman used his plant collections at Biddulph Grange to proclaim his - increasingly untenable - belief in creationism; in the twentieth century the Messel family used their garden at Nymans to achieve social acceptability; in the twenty first century Christopher Lloyd used his garden at Great Dixter to provoke and antagonise Britain’s horticultural establishment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7 Royal Horticultural Society Members; non-members £10.
Doors open 18.00 for complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Talk starts at 18.30.
Booking ref. 11160
To book: Tel 0845 612 1253 (Lines open Mon to Friday 9-5)

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/About-Us/RHS-Lindley-Library/Exhibitions-and-events

Inspiring Allotments: their past and future

  • 7 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Over the course of a year Lia Leendertz visited 31 of the most beautiful and unusual allotments in the UK and Europe, and interviewed the plot holders. The resulting book is a simple and beautiful appreciation of the allotment scene: from Jamaican allotment holders growing callaloo and pumpkins, to old boys sticking to the traditional methods, to forward-thinking growers looking for alternative ways of growing that work with our changing climate. Her talk will use examples from her book to illustrate the history of the allotment movement and the way it is changing. She will also talk a little about her current research into the history of her own allotment site and plot.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7 Royal Horticultural Society Members; non-members £10.
Doors open 18.00 for complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Talk starts at 18.30.
Booking ref. 11161
To book: Tel 0845 612 1253 (Lines open Mon to Friday 9-5)

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/About-Us/RHS-Lindley-Library/Exhibitions-and-events

Maximum Flavour, Minimum Labour

  • 18 November 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Want to double the sweetness of your tomatoes yet halve the work? With the right, scientifically-proven, growing techniques you really can have your cake and eat it.

This is a foodie’s guide to measurably improving the flavour & nutrition of homegrown crops, using cutting-edge techniques that are positively easier than conventional gardening rules. From tomatoes to sweetcorn, strawberries to pears, James will be revealing exactly what to do to up the sugars, raise the aromatic compounds and remove the bitterness in a wide range of conventional crops using unconventional methods.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7 Royal Horticultural Society Members; non-members £10.
Doors open 18.00 for complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Talk starts at 18.30.
Booking ref. 11162
To book: Tel 0845 612 1253 (Lines open Mon to Friday 9-5)

Website

http://www.rhs.org.uk/About-Us/RHS-Lindley-Library/Exhibitions-and-events

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