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Our large collection covers garden history, garden design, practical gardening, horticultural science, botanical art and more to interest gardeners
All our libraries hold books on practical gardening, garden design, construction and planting, and garden history. Wisley Library includes fiction and non-fiction books for children with a nature or gardening theme in the Garden Library and Wisley Research Library holds a significant collection of horticultural science books, available for research by appointment.
Our Rare Books Collection dates back to 1514 and includes a large collection of botanical and horticultural books from before 1800. The collection includes important Renaissance herbals and early 17th-century florilegia and many of the major illustrated floras of the world of the 18th and the early 19th centuries. We also hold early gardening books, gardening calendars and important early works on garden design. Since they are rare and often fragile, these books are only available for viewing by appointment by registered researchers.
We subscribe to more than 500 current journals covering gardening, garden design, botany and horticultural science. Important historical gardening periodicals are also a key part of the collections at London and Wisley and can be viewed by researchers by appointment. There are more than 1,000 historical titles – the earliest dating from the late 18th century.
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