September 1st 2017
Behind the Scenes Tour of Codlings, Costards and Biffins at The Royal Horticultural Society, 80 Vincent Square, London, Greater London, SW1P 2PE.
Join the RHS for a special viewing of their exhibition ‘Codlings, Costards and Biffens’ and a tour of materials from the library collections. 'Codlings, Costards and Biffins' explores the Nation's rich apple heritage. Apples are one of our oldest crops and have been one of our most prized and popular native fruits throughout the course of recent history.
Traditional orchards once covered the land and the RHS has long supported our English apple growing industry. Commissioning fruit portraits by celebrated botanical artists and establishing living reference orchards across the gardens, for 200 years the society has helped to classify and to cultivate. This exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library will explore our rich apple heritage. Displaying original artworks by William Hooker, as well as rare books and pomological catalogues from the library collections, it will trace the history of apple growing and explore our love for this most fantastic fruit.
This tour for Heritage Open Days will include a curator’s introduction to the exhibition and the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the RHS Lindley Library to view early books and artworks from the library collections.More information about the exhibition and the library can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/libraryevents
Thursday 7 September: 10:00-17:00, Tours 11:00 and 14:00
Friday 8 September: 10:00-17:00, Tours 11:00 and 14:00 Saturday 9 September: 10:00-17:00, Tours 11:00 and 14:00
Pre-booking Required, Exhibition free to access all day but tours must be pre-booked
Call: 02078 213 050
Booking closes 9 September 2017 11:00
Max 12 people per tour/session.
The RHS Lindley Library is located within the Royal Horticultural Society headquarters, please ask at reception for assistance if needed.