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I was never able to decide whether I belonged in the arts or the sciences; so a library which covered everything from taxonomy to flower arranging suited me exactly
I have worked in the RHS Lindley Library for 37 years now, for 25 of those years as Head Librarian. I came to the Library straight from university; having discovered garden history as a subject, I wanted a job which allowed me to focus on that area. My remit has expanded, however, and I have written books and articles about garden history, the history of botany, and botanical art – not to mention the history of the RHS.
I found that the Lindley Library was the best possible place to work. The Canadian school system did not require early specialisation, and I was never able to decide whether I really belonged in the arts or the sciences; so a library which covered botany and taxonomy on the one hand, and garden design and flower arranging on the other, suited me exactly.
The rise and fall of the Garden History Society
An important 18th-century French provenance
After fifty glorious years, the Garden History Society is no more
What prompted Malesherbes' interest in the forestry works of Duhamel du Monceau?
A 17th century translation of a Roman classic has a history of its own...
If you thought that technical drawings were a modern invention, think again...
Ghostly goings on in the gardens of the French court, recounted in 'An Adventure'
The making of charts is a difficult business: how do you relate several different types of data
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.