Fiona Davison

Head of Libraries and Exhibitions

I love gardening and books – so running the Lindley Library is my dream job

I love the fact that I work closely with unique items such as Capability Brown’s account book, rare 16th century herbals or the stunning botanical art works that we care for.

My favourite part of the job is opening a box in the store and finding yourself face to face with an unexpected treasure. It doesn’t have to be beautiful or valuable to fascinate me, I am very happy to spend time leafing through the 1921 catalogue of the Hull Fish Manure Company!


Fiona's posts and conversations

  • All creatures great and small

    One of the best things about research in the archives at the RHS Lindley Library is that you ne

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  • A-Z of Garden History: A-D

    To celebrate the new short course on Garden History the Library reveals it's treasures alph

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  • Ten things you (maybe) never knew about roses

    A little digging in the Library uncovers some interesting facts about this forever favourite fl

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  • The secret code for lovers

    The language of flowers was a code used by Victorians to pass messages between lovers and suito

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  • Science in the garden

    With the launch of the RHS Science Strategy, now seems like a good time to look at the long his

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  • Ivy in the Library

    A look through the collections at the RHS Lindley Library shows that ivy is a plant with a rich

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  • Lethal weapon, Victorian style

    Nowadays gardeners are able to head to the garden centre to meet their every need. However, the

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  • What's in a name?

    The popularity of books like 'RHS Latin for Gardeners' and 'RHS Botany for Gardener

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  • Gardens and War

    The Lindley Library and the Garden Museum are collaborating for an exhibition on another, less

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  • Brute enemies?

    Cats have had a mixed press as far as gardens are concerned.

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  • Dreaming of vegetables

    Even humble vegetables have meanings and folklore attached to them.

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