RHS Lindley Library
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.
Public lending library and exhibitions open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
Research and viewing rooms bookable by appointment.
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.
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
Gardeners' World at 50
- 30 May — 18 August 2017 *on now
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.
- Any age
Discovering Victorian Gardens
- 15 September — 20 October 2017
The 19th century is a fascinating period in horticultural history where diverse influences combined with technical innovation to produce a range of eclectic gardening styles. This short course, taking place in the special setting of the RHS Lindley Library, offers the chance to explore the world of Victorian gardening with leading expert Dr Brent Elliott. The course takes place every Friday for six weeks from Friday 15th September to Friday 20th October between 2pm and 4.30pm.
The course will be held in the RHS Lindley Library, with expert Library staff will be on-hand to guide you through the material and answer your questions.
- Any age
RHS members: £150
RHS Lindley Library
80 Vincent Square
020 7821 3050