The Lindley Library - Royal Horticultural Society

The Lindley Library - Royal Horticultural Society
The Lindley Library
Royal Horticultural Society
80 Vincent Square
Greater London




020 7821 3050

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The RHS Lindley Libraries are the largest visual and written resource on horticulture in the world. Collections, including books, art, photographs, and archives span 500 years of Britain’s gardening history.
Free access to modern collections of 20th century books and journals.
Heritage collections of garden history, art, photographs and archives may be consulted by prior appointment only.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Modern collections of books and journals are open to the public 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Admission charges


Additional info

Monthly evening lectures held.
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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 of periodicals, 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

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Hooker
  • Nellie Roberts
  • Claude Aubriet
  • Georg Dionysius Ehret
  • Lilian Snelling
  • Anna Paoletto
  • Kate Nessler
  • Graham Stuart Thomas
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Maximum Flavour, Minimum Labour

  • 18 November 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Want to double the sweetness of your tomatoes yet halve the work? With the right, scientifically-proven, growing techniques you really can have your cake and eat it.

This is a foodie’s guide to measurably improving the flavour & nutrition of homegrown crops, using cutting-edge techniques that are positively easier than conventional gardening rules. From tomatoes to sweetcorn, strawberries to pears, James will be revealing exactly what to do to up the sugars, raise the aromatic compounds and remove the bitterness in a wide range of conventional crops using unconventional methods.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£7 Royal Horticultural Society Members; non-members £10.
Doors open 18.00 for complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Talk starts at 18.30.
Booking ref. 11162
To book: Tel 0845 612 1253 (Lines open Mon to Friday 9-5)