Lunchtimes at the Lindley Library: RHS unveils 2019 exhibitions

Monday 26 November 2018

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has unveiled the exhibitions that will take centre stage at its Lindley Library in London in 2019.

Home to the largest horticultural library service in the world, the RHS holds more than 100,000 books, 30,000 paintings and a rich collection of manuscripts and garden designs. The free exhibitions at the Lindley Library, intended to be easily navigated in a lunch break, will lift the lid on the science, art and practice of horticulture.

Visitors to the exhibitions can also take the opportunity to read up on gardening trends and borrow books brimming with design inspiration.

Exhibitions at the RHS Lindley Library in 2019 include:

  • Handle with Care, 7th January – 15th February: From rare sixteenth-century herbals to the personal notebooks of plant collectors and garden designers, RHS libraries now hold a wide range of materials that need to be preserved for gardeners and historians alike. This exhibition describes how the RHS protects and conserves its collections, exploring some of the challenges it faces like light damage, damp, silverfish and carpet beetles.
  • Hidden Horticulturists, 4th March – 6th May: Nearly 200 years ago the RHS set out to create a National School of Horticulture. A total of 105 young men were recruited, all going on to shape the way we garden today. One of those became perhaps the greatest gardener of his time - Joseph Paxton, designer of Crystal Palace and the man behind the world’s most popular banana
  • Worth a Thousand Words, 20th May – 26th July: The display offers an opportunity to see work by some of the most accomplished contemporary botanical artists and learn more about the scientific value behind the beauty on display.
  • Dig for Victory, 12th August – 15th November: To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Dig for Victory will look at the role that RHS expertise played in the Ministry of Information campaign to get the nation growing its own food. The display will feature original Dig for Victory campaign material from the Lindley Library collection.

The Lindley Library is open to the public with RHS members able to borrow books for free. More information about the Library and its events, including courses and workshops, is available at:

RHS Lindley Library: 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE. Open Mon-Fri (excluding bank holidays) 10am to 5pm. 


Notes to editors

About the RHS: The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £15 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit

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