MAY Update

BGHG Garden Visits

Booking is now open for BGHG Members only for the June visit to Gloucestershire gardens and the 3-day visit to Yorkshire Gardens in September. Visit information and booking forms have been circulated to members.

Advance notice of Outside Events

The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane, British Library Knowledge Centre,  Tuesday, 6 June 2017  19.00 -20.30. Physician, natural historian and man of letters, Hans Sloane, whose collections formed the core of the British Museum, Natural History Museum and British Library, was a key figure in the early development of the Chelsea Physic Garden. For more information and booking

Celebrate Jane Austen Day, Sunday, 16 July,  10.00 -16.00, Painshill, Surrey. The day will feature an ‘Austen Trail’ through the follies in which actors will perform cameos of Jane Austen readings, Regency Dancing in the Amphitheatre, period music and an historic re-enactment group in the meadow, and games such as hopscotch, ball games and archery taster sessions. The Painshill landscape team are working on presenting vegetables and flowers of the time in the Kitchen Garden and using them in the Tea Room to provide authentic 18th century refreshments. Further information


Potted, RHS Lindley Library, until 19 May, Monday -Friday 10.00 – 17.00.  Admission Free. In celebration of the humble houseplant this exhibition presents a series of designs by students from Central Saint Martins college.  For more information visit


Gardens in the time of Jane Austen, a lecture by garden designer Marie Louise Houghton, Tuesday, 20 June, 11.00 -12.30 at Painshill, Surrey. Further information and booking


The IHR History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminar on 15 June, 13.30 -17.30,  will take the form of a visit to Kew Gardens to learn about and view the restoration of the Great Pagoda and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage. Kew FLYER 27.4


Two new books, both due for publication in May, have been added to the Publications page.  One focuses on London’s street trees; the other on ‘sound and scent ‘ in the garden.


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April 2017

Advance Notice of Painshill Conference

The Temple in the Landscape: Italy and the English Landscape Garden

Painshill are holding a conference to celebrate the completion of the reconstructed Temple of Bacchus, on Wednesday 20 September.  Six speakers will explore the influence of Italy – classical, Renaissance and 18th Century – on the English Landscape Garden.  The day will conclude with a glass of Painshill wine taken in the Temple.  Details will be available later in the year from the website

Five new book titles due to be published in April have been added to our publications page

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March Extra II

The Oxford Literary Festival: 25 March – 2 April 2017

Amongst the wide range of writers appearing at this year’s Oxford Literary Festival are three in particular that may be of interest to garden historians:

25th March: Dan Pearson on ‘Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden’

26th March: John Phibbs on ‘Place Making: The Art of Capability Brown’

30th March: Michael Heseltine on ‘The Creation of an English Garden’

For full details and booking information visit

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March Extra


The Garden History Grapevine are offering two new courses on the History of Public Parks.
(1) on five Mondays between April 3 and 22 May 2017
(2) 19 September – 5 December 2017

For full details of topics, dates, times and booking please see our Grapevine Garden History page


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MARCH 2017

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817 – 1911)

A small exhibition about Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Victorian botanist, plant hunter and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, will open at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens on 25 March, running until 17 September 2017.

Later in the year – on 30 June, 2017 – there will be a conference, also at Kew, which will include amongst contributions from a long list of speakers, a talk by Dr Jim Endersby, Reader in the History of Science at University of Sussex, who gave the BGHG 2016 Annual Lecture.  The Conference will be of interest to anyone interested in the  history of science, particularly botany, botanical illustration, exploration and empire.

Further information and booking is available at

New Books

The long-awaited book by Johnny Phibbs: Place-Making: The Art of Capability Brown is due to be published at the end of this month. Details of this book can be found on our Garden History Publications page, together with a further four books of interest to garden historians due for publication during March 2017.

New Courses

Details of further courses at London’s City Literary Institute have been added to our Other Garden History Courses page

Explore two unusual London Parks  Saturday, 24 June 2017

In search of beauty: the life and work of William Morris Saturday, 1 July 2017


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February Extra

Architecture and Gardening: Sister Arts, English and Czech Perspectives

Stowe House, Bucks
A two-day seminar: 5th – 7th April, 2017.
For more information download stowe-flierrev20jan25

Three New courses at the City Literary Institute

have been added to our Other Garden History Courses page

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February 2017

Gardens and The Far East

Study Day- Saturday, 11th March  2017  10.00 – 16.30

Venue: The Institute of Historic Research, Wolfson Room, Senate House North Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. (Nearest underground stations are Russell Square and Goodge Street)

Our 2017 Study Day will explore gardens in Japan and Burma, plant hunting in China and the spread of chinoiserie in Europe. Lectures will include a mix of general surveys and particular case studies.

Tickets: £30 for BGHG members in advance; £33 for non-members; or £35 for all at the door, subject to availability. Tickets include tea, coffee and biscuits.
Book by Eventbrite

If you have any questions, please email

Download the bghg-study-day-programme


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