Royal Horticultural Society: A History 1804-2004 - Brent ElliottChichester: Phillimore & Co., 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels of the dust wrapper.
Signed by the author, without dedication, to a small RHS sticker on the dedication page — without provenance. Includes: List of subscribers; Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Appendices (10);
From the cover: “On 7 March 1804, John Wedgwood and six other gentlemen met at James Hatchard’s bookshop on Piccadilly to create a new society devoted to the improvement and practice of horticulture. Such was their success that 200 years later that Society’s membership has grown to more than 500,000. Despite the passing centuries, the aims remain much the same, but for broadening to encompass changes in society and tastes in gardening.
Originally, ideas and advice were discussed at meetings in London and shared in publications. Now, communication has expanded to include the internet, television, video and DVD. Not a month goes by without an RHS Flower Show in some part of the United Kingdom, while RHS gardens keep horticultural standards high and offer hundreds of thousands of visitors each year an enjoyable and informative day out. The RHS has grown to embrace the leisure industry but without compromising its status as a learned society, involved with horticultural education at all levels.
Dr Brent Elliott, distinguished historian and for more than two decades Librarian of the RHS Lindlev Library, has spent some ten years preparing this celebration of the Society. This notable work is supplemented with extensive notes and biographical information. His thorough research has revealed many diverse stories, recounted with wit and perception, of rivalries, financial crises, royal patronage, scientific innovation, taxonomic coups and horticultural tenacity, ranging from David Douglas’s walk across North America to British POWs determined to attain RHS qualifications during the Second World War, despite their incarceration.
The author’s entertaining narrative is illuminated by more than three hundred illustrations, reflecting the changing face of gardens and shows, the architecturally innovative halls and library, the plants introduced through RHS sponsorship, and the many personalities who have helped the Society reach its Bicentenary in such fine form. This very readable and definitive work will be warmly welcomed, not only by the Society’s many members but throughout the gardening world — worldwide.”