Tuesday 14 May
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 100 years of triumph and tribulation (Booking ref. 10336)
As the greatest flower show in the world celebrates its centenary in 2013, historian Dr Brent Elliott spotlights some of its greatest achievements – and reveals a few controversies.
Tuesday 18 June
Urban Beekeeping (Booking ref. 10337)
From his first hive on the flat roof of an ex-council block near Tower Bridge, Steve Benbow has created a network of high-rise beehives across the London rooftops of the National Portrait Gallery, Fortnum & Mason and many others. With the well-documented crises in the bee population, Steve's mission to install beehives across the city has acquired a pertinence that is universally recognised.
16 July 2013
The Language of Flowers: Tradition or Parlour Game (Booking ref. 10406
A century ago the Victorian language of flowers seemed to be a discarded folly. But it has returned: Kate Middleton chose the flowers in her Royal wedding bouquet for their meanings. Dr Brent Elliott investigates the Victorian fashion for attributing meanings to flowers as a covert way of expressing personal feelings.
17 September 2013
Photographing Trees (Booking ref. 10409)
Join renowned photographer Edward Parker, in an illustrated talk on taking spectacular pictures of trees, and detailed photographs of leaves, flowers, fruit and bark. Whatever your skills, Edward’s enthusiasm for trees will inspire you to take more photographs, and improve your techniques, even with the most modest camera.
22 October 2013
Our Plot (Booking ref. 10410)
Cleve West is one of Britain’s top garden designers. He is also a true allotmenteer who heads off to his plot to get his hands dirty, find peace and contemplate life and nature. His passion for allotments is matched by his deep concern for sustainability which brings important issues down to ground level. He brings a cornucopia of tips and ideas – a combination of the practical and inspirational.
Seven Flowers that Shaped our World
Taking her title from her forthcoming book, Jennifer Potter studies seven flowers, and looks at their use in gardens, literature and art.
Tickets: £7 RHS Members, £10 Non Members
All talks take place at Lindley Library London, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE
Talks start at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm for pre-talk drinks.
To book: Tel 0845 612 1253 (Lines open Mon to Friday 9-5)