Digging for Victory

Join gardener, writer and broadcaster, Matt Biggs, for an evening talk exploring the contribution that the RHS made to the Dig for Victory campaign. From the back garden to the public park, Matt will bring to life the stories of the gardeners who came together to feed the nation during WW2. Best known from his appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, Matt is also the author of numerous books on gardening and gardening history. The talk will take place in the RHS Lindley Library and includes the opportunity for a late evening viewing of the public library and the Library’s current exhibition Dig for Victory: Gardening to Feed a Nation. Thursday 14th November, RHS Lindley Library, Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PE. Doors: 6pm, Talk: 6.30pm to 7.30pm Tickets:… Read more

RHS news

The RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show is finally on! Yesterday was the preview of the show, and we were blown away by the quality of the work! Congratulations to SBA Members Karen Bailey (awarded Silver-Gilt for her Gentiana paintings), Caroline Jackson-Houston (awarded Silver-Gilt for her paintings of Mycorrhizal fungi of the Thames Valley Area), Nina Marks (awarded Silver-Gilt for her Gin- flavoured Botanicals) and Janet Pope (awarded Silver for her Solanum tuberosum paintings). A Gold medal went to the Russian Botanical Artists Group Exhibit. We were delighted to see some of our Plantae exhibitors amongst the group, and look forward to welcoming a few to the SBA as Fellow Members in the near future. A sincere and heartfelt congratulations to ALL the artists whose… Read more

RHS SHOW

One for the diaries! The RHS London Botanical Art and Photography Show takes placeTuesday 23 – Thursday 25 July 2019.‘A showcase of global artists capturing plants and gardens in exquisite detail.’Taking place in Royal Horticultural Halls, SW1P 2QW, the event is free for RHS Members and £5 for public. Click here for more info….

New RHS book

 The Gold Medal Winners By Charlotte Brooks  The New Book from the RHS, “Botanical Illustration-The Gold medal winners”, is a superb book that contains a whole host of artwork representing some of the best Botanical illustrations since the Lindley Library began their collection. It starts with a comprehensive introduction on how the collection began and the journey through the years on how it has developed and changed and was at one point nearly lost.  As a botanical painter myself, this history and collection was extremely interesting, as it shows how illustration has moved on and yet has maintained the gravitas of its historical roots. The images inspire, educate and show the love and passion of the artists who have dedicated their time and talent to recording the wonder… Read more

Worth a Thousand Words Exhibition

There will be an exhibition at the Lindley Library in London opening on 20th May. SBA member Caroline Jackson-Houlston is delighted to report that one of the Gold Medal winning pictures purchased from her by the RHS at Malvern Show in 2018 is going to be used to advertise the exhibition in the Library this summer. Follow this link for more information.

Lindley Library

An exhibition coming up at the Lindley Library Monday 7th January – Friday 15th February 2019 Handle with Care: Preserving our Gardening Heritage Exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library, London Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Exploring RHS Libraries collections, this exhibition describes how we protect and conserve the precious materials that have been entrusted to our care. The display presents the outcome of work made possible as a result of our most recent fundraising campaign: showing letters of the 19th century plant collector Karl Theodor Hartweg, and will also feature items from the Special Collections that we will be conserving as part of our ongoing work to protect the treasures of the RHS Lindley Library. Admission free More info: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent… RHS Lindley Library webpage: www.rhs.org.uk/libraryevents Facebook: www.facebook.com/RHSLindleyLibrary