Garden History Society 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). 

About the collection

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.


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.

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