‘Hay is mentioned frequently in the records of the society, proof that he was an active member and one whose good judgement and expertise was valued. An early ambition of the society was the creation of an experimental garden, partly to give advice on the best horticultural practices and partly to test, under local growing conditions, the new plants coming into Britain. To this end, at the Annual General Meeting in 1815, Sir John Sinclair proposed that two representatives from the society should be commissioned to visit Europe to discover what advances had been made in agriculture. Eventually three members made the tour: Patrick Neill accompanied John Hay and Alexander Dickson.’
An excerpt from John Hay (1758-1836), Scottish garden planner, and his search for the ideal heating system for glasshouses, by Doreen Wilson, Chapter 2 of BGHG’s latest publication Digging Deeper. Full details of the publication, its contents, and how to purchase can be found on our Publications page.
Two new exhibitions, both concerned with botanical art have been added to our Outside Events page: Worth a Thousand Words at the RHS Lindley Library until 26 July 2019; and Modern Nature at The Drawing Room until 7 July 2019.
New talks have been added at Garden History Lectures & Talks with themes including the nurturing of London’s green spaces; Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage and his continuing influence; the saving of Japanese cheery blossom; the history of the Wisteria; and the Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace.
Our Garden History Short Courses page has been updated with information on courses being offered by The Garden Historians, Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, and Denman College.