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This book is one of the treasures in the archive of the RHS Lindley Library. It is one of few surviving records from the life of Britain’s greatest landscape architect – Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It was used by him between 1759 and 1783 to record payments made by his clients.
In celebration of the 300 years since the birth of Capability Brown, we have formatted this historic document so that it can be viewed by everyone online. Browse and search this digitised version to explore the scale and scope of his work, which covered thousands of acres and cost the equivalent of millions of pounds in today’s money.
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See some examples of the wonderful botanical art and historic documents we keep in the collection in our image galleries.
We also have regular exhibitions on display and events in our Libraries.
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Did you know apples are a member of the rose family?
Discover the history of apples, what the we are doing to protect it and how you can help.
Heritage Apple Collection
The collections of the RHS Libraries are a unique testament to gardening. These publications seek to portray the importance of the collections and to record significant findings that derive from them
To purchase printed copies (£7.50 each) visit one of the RHS Libraries in London, RHS Gardens Wisley or Harlow Carr.
They are also available by post (£7.50 plus p&p), please send your name and address together with a cheque made out to Royal Horticultural Society for £10 to any of our libraries:
We also have a range of other digital resources, available in our libraries and from home, to help you with your work and research.
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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.