Upcoming Online Lectures for 2020-21

Take place online starting 6pm. Places are limited. A series of lectures has been planned and the full schedule is listed here.


  • £4 for Gardens Trust/London Gardens Trust/all County Gardens Trusts members, and £6 for non-members;
  • Season tickets for the full programme of 12 lectures £40 for members and £60 for non-members – Buy Now

Upcoming Lectures

Monday 19th October – George London and the Brompton Park Nursery, 1681-1714Book Now

Dr Sally Jeffery, Garden and Architectural Historian

George London’s is probably one of the best-known names in the history of gardens and gardening in reigns of William & Mary and Queen Anne. He is particularly famous as co-founder in 1681 of the successful nursery at Brompton Park, London, which developed into the most important horticultural business of its time. Eight years after its foundation, three of the original four partners had gone and London was joined by Henry Wise. The two remained in partnership until 1714 when London died. Wise lived and worked at the nursery arranging the despatch of trees and plants of all kinds,  while London travelled 50 or 60 miles a day (according to an account of 1715) to give advice on ‘most of the Noblemens and Gentlemens Gardens in England’.   This talk will explore the origins of the nursery, the way London and Wise organised their work, and some of the gardens both large and small which they designed and supplied with plants.

Monday 2nd November – The use of plants in the home in the 17th century Book Now

Margaret Willes, publisher and author

Margaret will talk about the use of plants in the home in the 17th century, the subject of her recent book, The Domestic Herbal, published by the Bodleian Library.

Plants were employed in every room of the house in the seventeenth century, not just for the purposes of decoration, but for flavouring food, brewing and distilling, scenting rooms, washing linen, dyeing cloth, warding off pests and caring for the sick. Even the most elaborate and fashionable gardens had areas set aside for growing herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers for domestic use, while those of more modest establishments were critical to the survival of the household. It was also a time of exciting introduction of plants from overseas.

More to come…