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Find out about our amazing collections and how you can see them as well as help us to protect and develop them
Our collections number more than 80,000 books and 100's of periodical titles covering garden history and design, practical gardening, botany, horticultural science, botanical art and much more.
We have more than 30,000 original botanical illustrations, and oil portraits. It is one of the most important and comprehensive botanical art collections in the country.
Our image collections give a unique insight into the social history of gardening, and are an important part of our nation’s cultural heritage.
We already have several online resources available to users including our:
Many of our collections have been generous gifts. If you are considering giving items to the library, we would love to hear from you. Our donations policy will tell you more about the donations we are able to accept.
Please contact us to discuss any potential donation
We are happy to lend material for exhibition as a way of enabling a wider audience to see our collections and gain a deeper understanding of our gardening heritage. All loans are subject to the conditions set out in our loans policy.
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