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.
Geoff Hamilton

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

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

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.
Illustration from ‘The Genera of British Moths’

Drop in Library tour

  • 24 July 2017 11-11:45am, 2-2:45pm

Join us for a special viewing of our exhibition ‘Gardeners’ World at 50’ exploring the trends that have shaped the way we garden over the last 50 years . The tour will include a curator’s introduction to the exhibition and the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the RHS Lindley Library to view early books and artworks from the library collections and find out more about the wildlife in our gardens and how our attitude to pests and pollinators has changed over the course of recent centuries.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, no need to book - just turn up!

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=516&ESRC=CMS

Trentham Hall from A E Brooke's 'The Gardens of England' 1856-7

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

RHS members: £150
Non-members: £180

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=14494&ESRC=CRM

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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