Fiona Davison  The Hidden Horticulturists

The Hidden Horticulturists is a celebration of the unsung heroes of horticulture whose achievements reflect a golden moment in British gardening and continue to influence how we garden today. In 2012, whilst working at the Royal Horticultural Society's library, Fiona Davison unearthed a book of handwritten notes that dated back to 1822. Each note, carefully written in copperplate script had been written by young gardeners in support of their application to be admitted into the Society's Garden. Among them was a letter from the young Joseph Paxton, who would become one of Britain's best-known garden architects. Using their notes Fiona Davison traces the stories of forgotten lives who would contribute to the history of gardening. The trail took her from Chiswick to Bolivia and she uncovered tales of fraud, scandal, madness and amazing plants and gardens.

Fiona will be in conversation with Vanessa Berridge, the former editor of Country Homes & Interiors and The English Garden Magazine, and the author of Great British Gardeners.

Sponsored by Duchy of Cornwall

Listing Details

Saturday 19th October, 10.30am

Venue

Corn Exchange, High East Street

Ticket Prices

Adults: £10.00

Booking

Tickets will be on sale from 30th August.

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