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.
Lithops plant in flower

Potted

  • 17 March — 19 May 2017 *on now

Celebrating the humble houseplant, this exhibition presents a series of ceramic designs by students from Central Saint Martins college. In a collaborative project with the Lindley Library, the students have created made-to-measure pots for a variety of well-known and well-loved house plants. The ceramic designs and accompanying displays explore both the characteristics that make these plants perfectly suited to the home environment, and the striking aesthetic qualities that have ensured their continued popularity among indoor gardening enthusiasts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=203&ESRC=CMS

Geoff Hamilton

Gardeners' World at 50

  • 30 May — 18 August 2017

50 years on from its inception in 1967, Gardeners’ World is now Britain’s longest running gardening show. This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the programme, celebrating five decades of broadcasting and heralding many more to come as gardening continues to hold its place as one of our most beloved national pastimes. Bringing together material from the BBC archives and the RHS Library collections it will explore changes in gardening trends over the lifetime of the show from the 1960s to the present day.

Displays will be at the RHS Lindley Library in London from 30th May – 4th August and at all other RHS Gardens from 1st-30th June.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=412&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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