How the garden grewBooks and periodicals

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.

Archives and photographs

Our image collections give a unique insight into the social history of gardening, and are an important part of our nation’s cultural heritage.

Online resources

We already have several online resources available to users including our:


If you are considering giving items to the library, please contact us on and a member of staff will be in touch.

Loans from the collections

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.

Courses & workshops

Learn a new skill or brush up on old ones with a workshop or short course with the RHS.

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Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.