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BOOKS Un­earthed: The His­tory of Bream Flower Show 1865-2015 by Ian Hendy ( Hol­born House, 2015) A Lit­tle His­tory of Bri­tish Gar­den­ing by Jenny Uglow ( Chatto and Win­dus, 2004) Shirley Hib­berd, The Father of Am­a­teur Gar­den­ing by Anne Wilkinson ( Cor­tex De­sign, 2012) RE­SOURCES The Lind­ley Li­brary The Lind­ley Li­brary ( rhs.org.uk/ li­braries) at the RHS in Vin­cent Square, Lon­don SW1P 2PE has back copies of Shirley Hib­berd’s Gar­dener’s Mag­a­zine from 1874 to 1916. The Lind­ley is open to ev­ery­one, Mon­day to Fri­day, al­though only RHS mem­bers may bor­row books. The Bri­tish Li­brary The Bri­tish Li­brary also holds back copies of the mag­a­zine (shelf mark P.P.2170) in its York­shire store. Al­low two to three days for de­liv­ery for view­ing at the Li­brary in Lon­don. The RHS’s The Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety: A His­tory, Brent El­liott ( Phillimore, 2004) pub­lished an overview on am­a­teur gar­den­ing so­ci­eties and their im­pact on pro­fes­sional gar­den­ing in Chap­ter 8. There are also many in­di­vid­ual gar­den so­ci­ety his­to­ries un­der 061 (4B) in the Bri­tish Li­brary. NEWS­PA­PERS Old re­ports and com­mit­tee records usu­ally fall vic­tim to the club sec­re­tary’s in­cli­na­tion to have a good clear out. The more as­tute so­ci­ety may have lodged rule­books, price lists and other ephemera with its lo­cal ar­chive ser­vices. A more promis­ing line of re­search is the lo­cal press. Pro­vin­cial news­pa­per edi­tors du­ti­fully pub­lished re­ports sent in by gar­den so­ci­ety sec­re­taries.

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