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.
The City Gardener

The City Gardener

  • 3 November — 20 December 2016 *on now

This display takes its inspiration from The City Gardener by Thomas Fairchild, published in 1722. Using 18th and 19th century books and artworks, it looks at the delights and challenges of urban gardening through the ages. Urban gardeners have long battled lack of space, lack of light and poor air quality to carve a space for nature in the urban jungle. Greening Grey Britain, the RHS campaign to encourage people to green their grey front gardens, clearly has a long pedigree.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission free

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=146&ESRC=CMS

Pigments and Petals

Pigments and Petals

  • 11 January — 10 March 2017

Discovering 19th century flower painter Caroline Maria Applebee, this exhibition explores some of the mysteries surrounding her life and art. Applebee was a little-known artist, but one who had access to some of the most fashionable plants of the time. Looking at the range of native and exotic flowers she painted and presenting new research into her works, this exhibition will explore her dedication not just to art but also to horticulture itself.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission free

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=163&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.
Colour lithograph produced in 1882 of Bedford Park Estate

Health and the City

  • 16 December 2016 6-8pm

Dr Clare Hickman will explore the relationship between green space and human health in the city. Taking a long view from the seventeenth century practice of using plants to scent the air, through to the utopian vision for the garden city, Hickman will look at the various ways designed green spaces have been considered essential for improving the mental and physical wellbeing of city populations.
The talk will take place in the RHS Lindley Library, including the opportunity for a late evening viewing of the public library and the exhibition The City Gardener.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=165&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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