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Garden History Society collection

The collection

A collection of material on the history of landscape, garden design, horticulture and conservation assembled and owned by the Gardens Trust (formerly the Garden History Society).   

Notable books in the collection include:

Within the main collection are a number of books from notable collectors including Basil Williams, John Anthony, Jill Collett and John Harvey’s books on flowers and garden history.

The collector

The Garden History Society was founded in 1966 to study garden history and to protect historic gardens.  Since 2015 the Society became part of The Gardens Trust.


The Society donated part of its Library to the University in 1998.  


The majority of the collection is borrowable and can be found in the Kings Manor Library.  

A small collection of books are in the Rare Books Collection and may be consulted at the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

Kings Manor Library also houses a collection of uncatalogued slides from the Garden History Society.

The entire collection can be searched using the provence term Garden History Society (Great Britain) in YorSearch, the Library catalogue.

Related collections  

The Borthwick Institute for Archives holds a number of archives on gardening and horticulture.

The Digital Library has several collections of digitised images on gardens.    

Further information  

The University of Bath also houses the Trust’s collections.

Find out more about the The Gardens Trust.