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If you are interested in learning more about gardens, garden writing and the history of literature associated with the garden, try these links:

British Library resources

A Curious Herbal by Elizabeth Blackwell

View Elizabeth Blackwell’s Herbal in detail using our award-winning Turning the Pages system (requires Shockwave plug-in).

Lost Gardens - enjoy one of the themed tours available through the Collect Britain digitisation project.

The British Library’s collections

The Library's collections are among the greatest in the world. They include manuscripts, maps and printed books from the 15th century to the modern day.

Adopt a Book

We have a list of gardening books available for adoption. By adopting a title you can play an important role in the conservation of our national treasures. The books available for adoption have been recently conserved and your donation will go towards the conservation of more books in need.

Other resources

Royal Horticultural Society - Founded in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society is now the world's leading horticultural organisation and the UK's leading gardening charity. It has four flagship gardens

Museum of Garden History aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of the history and development of gardens and gardening in the UK, with reference to European and worldwide influence.

Garden History Society promotes the study of the history of gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture in all aspects; to promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and to advise on their restoration.

Garden Media Guild brings together garden writers, photographers, broadcasters and allied trades with the aim of raising the quality of garden writing, photography and broadcasting.

National Gardens Scheme has been opening fine gardens to the public to raise money for charity for over 75 years.

Historic Gardens Foundation is a non-profit-making organisation set up in 1995 to link everyone concerned with the preservation, restoration and management of historic parks and gardens.

National Trust acts as a guardian for the nation in the acquisition and protection of threatened coastline, countryside and buildings and gardens of outstanding interest and importance.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is one of the world's leading botanic gardens and a World Heritage Site.

English Nature is the Government funded body whose purpose is to promote the conservation of England's wildlife and natural features.

English Heritage aims to ensure that the historic environment of England is properly maintained and cared for.

Some of the gardens featured in the exhibition

The Wordsworth Trust is a living memorial to the life and poetry of William Wordsworth and his contemporaries. Its focus is Dove Cottage and the hamlet of Town End, Grasmere.

William Morris Society has news about William Morris (1834-96) craftsman, designer, writer, typographer, and Socialist. Kelsmscott House and the Red House Bexley are two of his homes.

Alexander Pope's Garden and Grotto - Alexander Pope came to live in Twickenham in the spring of 1719 where he took a lease of some riverside land.

Eden Project promotes the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources leading to a sustainable future for all.

Stowe Landscape Gardens - Many great names in architecture and garden design contributed to this magnificent work of art. Stowe was owned by one of the most powerful families in 18th-century England, and was effectively the seat of power in the country for several decades. It is now owned by the National Trust.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden is in the Weald of Kent. The property is owned and maintained by the National Trust. The garden was created by Vita Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson in the 1930s.

Mount Grace Priory is England’s most important Carthusian ruin and now run by English Heritage.

Lyveden New Bield. The original garden layout of Lyveden provides a fascinating glimpse into the design and styles resulting from prosperous Elizabethan times.

Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture. Its designer, the third Earl of Burlington (1694-1753), sought to create the kind of house and garden found in the suburbs of ancient Rome. Run by English Heritage.

Blenheim Palace - home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough
and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, stands in a romantic park created by the famous landscape gardener 'Capability' Brown.

John Keats's House - Romantic poet John Keats lived here from 1818 until 1820. During this period he wrote some of his finest poetry including 'Ode to a Nightingale', which was written in the surrounding garden.

Batemans in Burwash. Home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936 and now a National Trust property

Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group

Higham Park Stately Home and Gardens - this beautiful Palladian home stands on a hill top on the outskirts of the village of Bridge with its spectacular 'giardino italiano' and profusion of water-lilies.

The Manor, Hemmingford Grey was recreated and made famous as the house of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston in her series of children's books, now regarded as classics.

Gilbert White's House and Garden at Selbourne - The attractive village of Selborne and its beautiful countryside is famous for its association with the 18th-century naturalist Gilbert White.

John Ruskin's gardens at Brantwood - John Ruskin left a legacy of influence stretching from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mahatma Gandhi. He championed many of the tenets of the welfare state, and inspired the founders of the National Health Service, the formation of Public Libraries, the National Trust and many other cornerstones of civil society in the last 100 years.

Promotional partners

Royal Horticultural Society the UK’s leading gardening charity, celebrates its Bicentenary and the Year of Gardening in 2004.

David Austin Roses is an award-winning breeder of many fragrant English Roses.

Suttons Seeds is an internationally renowned supplier of flower and vegetable seeds, young plants, bulbs, fruit bushes and other horticultural products to amateur gardeners.

Hewlett Packard is an international company focused on helping people apply technology in meaningful ways to their businesses, personal lives and communities.

Cumbria Tourist Board promotes the Lake District, inspiration for William Wordsworth and other Romantics.

Pizza Express - The branch on the Euston Road has developed a celebratory Writer in the Garden pizza for the exhibition.

Novotel - Novotel London Euston is offering rooms at special rates to visitors to The Writer in the Garden exhibition.

Crocus is one of the most successful gardening websites. They specialise in plants from all the best specialist nurseries but they also offer cut flowers, gifts and gardening products, gardening equipment, tips and advice. 10% discount is available if you quote 9683 when you place your first order.
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