The Hidden Horticulturists, online talk, 19 October

7.30pm, Monday 19 October 2020

We are delighted to have been able to rearrange this talk, originally planned for March 2020.

To book a place at this Zoom talk, please email Your details will be added to the list of participants and the Zoom link will be emailed to all a day or so before the event

Fiona Davison, Head of RHS Libraries & Exhibitions and author of the award-winning book of the same title, presents an illustrated account of her research. The young men who trained at the Horticultural Society’s Chiswick garden grounds in the 1820s wrote brief notes about themselves in an exercise book. Using these, Fiona Davison has traced the stories of some of these gardeners, revealing their careers from grand estates to suburban gardens, their success and failures (and even crimes), as well as following their connections across the world.


The Chiswick V2, 8 September 2020

Quietly, and this year without ceremony, the Society has arranged for a wreath of flowers to be placed at the V2 memorial in Staveley Road as we do every year. It was laid just a few minutes before the actual anniversary of the rocket exploding at 18.44 on 8 September 1944.

The wreath commemorates the three people who died that evening: Rosemary Clarke, aged 3, Ada Harrison, aged 68 and Sapper Bernard Browning, aged 28.


Society Activities during the Covid-19 crisis

We are very sorry that we are unable to continue to offer our talks programme for the time being. We have the possibility of re-scheduling the talk by Fiona Davison on The Hidden Horticulturists in October and that by Tracey Logan on The Great West Road in November if meetings become possible again in the autumn.

Meanwhile, work is in progress on compiling and designing the 2020 issue of the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal. Providing we can get it printed this will be sent to all paid up members in May. Copies will also be available on the Book Shop page (see menu bar above), along with our other publications.


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