RHS Lindley Library

RHS Lindley Library
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The RHS Lindley Library is the world’s leading horticultural library. Covering over 500 years of gardening history, the library collections include historic and contemporary books on gardening, botanical artworks, photographs and the personal archives of a number of notable gardeners and garden designers. The main library collection is held at the RHS Lindley Library in London but materials can also be accessed via the garden libraries and reading rooms at all of the RHS gardens sites across the country.

The public lending library in London now includes a dedicated exhibition space hosting a continuously changing programme of small displays showcasing rare and significant items from the collections.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Public lending library and exhibitions open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
Research and viewing rooms bookable by appointment.

Admission charges

Free

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, 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, Archives, Social History, Design

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Hooker
  • Nellie Roberts
  • Claude Aubriet
  • Georg Dionysius Ehret
  • Lilian Snelling
  • Anna Paoletto
  • Kate Nessler
  • Graham Stuart Thomas
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Landscape design by Michael Ekers

Rethinking Repton

  • 3 May — 22 June 2018 *on now

2018 is the bicentennial anniversary of the death of Humphry Repton, self-proclaimed successor to Capability Brown and the last great English landscape designer of the 18th century. In celebration, and as part of the Repton 200 festival taking place this year, RHS Libraries have collaborated with students from Writtle University College to take a fresh look at his gardening principles. The students, in their third year of study on Writtle’s Landscape Architecture and Garden Design courses, have had the opportunity to learn about Repton’s ideas and respond within their own public landscape design projects. This exhibition will display original materials from RHS Libraries collections alongside final project designs, each presented through the student’s own take on Repton’s famous ‘before and after’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=983&ESRC=CMS

Botanical illustration of a Dahlia

Worth a Thousand Words

  • 5 July — 17 August 2018

Presenting a selection of recent acquisitions, this exhibition will feature some of the finest botanical artworks in the RHS Lindley Collections. In recent times there has been a resurgent interest in this discipline with extremely talented artists emerging across the globe. The very best examples of botanical art today combine very close observation with artistic flair to create informative, scientifically accurate and beautiful pictures. The exhibition will explore the ways in which contemporary artists continue to raise standards and push the boundaries of this discipline. The display will feature original artworks in watercolour, gouache, pen and pencil, by artists who have all been awarded a prestigious Gold medal at RHS Shows.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=1070&ESRC=CMS

RHS Lindley Library
80 Vincent Square
London
Greater London
SW1P 2PE
England

Website

E-mail

library.london@rhs.org.uk

Telephone

020 7821 3050

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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