Image above: Vignette of the arcade at Chiswick House from map maker John Rocque’s map of Chiswick, c.1735.
Pleasure Gardens & Pineapple Stoves: Gardeners at Chiswick House 1700-1850
Local historian Val Bott gives a talk on the people who cared for the gardens at Chiswick House. Without them there would have been no fruit or vegetables for the household, no cutting flowers to grace the parlour and, above all, no-one to realise the proposals of Burlington and Kent.
Such horticultural expertise gave landowners high status, but by the mid-19th century some of the gardeners had high reputations and status of their own.
Val Bott is a curator by profession, and local historian by enthusiasm. For some years she has researched nursery gardeners in Brentford & Chiswick and nearby parishes and shared their stories on nurserygardeners.com
Tickets are free, but if you are able please make a donation to Chiswick House & Gardens Trust when booking.
SEE ALSO: Our This is Chiswick series of features about the history of Chiswick House Gardens
SEE ALSO: Our This is Chiswick feature about the origins of the Royal Horticultural Society in Chiswick
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