The Hidden Horticulturists, 16 March 2020

7.30pm, Monday 16 March 2020


at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, London W4 2EL

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 Mulberry Garden Project 17 February 2020

7.30pm, Monday 17 February 2020
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, London W4 2EL

A presentation and discussion with John Collins, Heritage Manager, and Elizabeth Bryan, Learning & Engagement Officer, about the new learning studio, the re-designed garden and the preparations for re-opening later in 2020

“To Materially Improve His Mission . . .” 13 February 2020

To materially improve his mission’ – Revd Dale’s benefice & Chiswick’s mid-Victorian working class Glebe Estate (1866-1893)

at St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Chiswick, doors open 6.30pm, refreshments available, talk at 7pm, admission £10, £7 concessions, free to Friends of St Nicholas

This talk by 2 of our members, Tracey Logan and Richard Szwagrzak, and has been organised by the Friends. They will share their research linking the architect of Brentford’s Italianate water tower, leading Victorian water engineers, and a founder-member of Reckitt’s starch dynasty, with a cash-strapped ritualist Vicar of Chiswick, Reverend Lawford William Torriano Dale, as he sought to fund his mission to the poor. His 21-acre market garden was transformed into terraces fit for Chiswick’s aspirational artisans. Today original architectural features – coloured and patterned brickwork, ornate porches, classical figurines and decorative plaster – provide a pattern-book of styles which helps to date the terraces.

The Society’s next meeting on 17 February will be about the Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House which is nearing completion

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