Treasures of the Library

Our book collection dates back to 1806, when the Society was given a gift of five French gardening books. Through generous donations, the collection continued to grow and today we hold one of the finest collections of horticultural literature in the world.

This is a very small taste of our rare book collection, featuring treasures such as the first book written in English for urban gardeners and our earliest list of plants for sale, dating back to 1612. Our aim is to digitise a selection of special and unique works, rather than replicate titles already digitised by other organisations. You can search our entire book collection on our library catalogue.