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


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.
Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

A Capable Businessman

  • 5 September — 29 October 2016 *on now

The first ever public display of the Account Book of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Newly conserved, the account book reveals the astonishing amounts of money paid to Lancelot Brown to transform the great landed estates of England. The display will also feature 18th-century books and prints that shed light on the way Brown worked.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission free



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.
Landscape at Heveningham Hall

Moving the Earth

  • 20 October 2016 From 6pm

A talk by landscape architect Kim Wilkie exploring the long history of British earthworks. Kim will tracing the practice of earthmoving from the Neolithic to the present day, examining the work of our great landscape designers Capability Brown and Charles Bridgeman and their influence on the contemporary landscapes he creates today.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission free
Places are limited – advance booking required
Please call 02078 213 050 or email library.london@rhs.org.uk to book



RHS Lindley Library
80 Vincent Square
Greater London





020 7821 3050

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