George London and the Brompton Park Nursery

Winter Lecture Series organised jointly by the Gardens Trust and the London Gardens Trust
19 October, 6-7pm
George London and the Brompton Park Nursery
Dr Sally Jeffery, Garden and Architectural Historian

George London’s is probably one of the best-known names in the history of gardens and gardening in reigns of William & Mary and Queen Anne. He is particularly famous as co-founder in 1681 of the successful nursery at Brompton Park, London, which developed into the most important horticultural business of its time. Eight years after its foundation, three of the original four partners had gone and London was joined by Henry Wise. The two remained in partnership until 1714 when London died. Wise lived and worked at the nursery arranging the despatch of trees and plants of all kinds, while London travelled 50 or 60 miles a day (according to an account of 1715) to give advice on ‘most of the Noblemens and Gentlemens Gardens in England’. This talk will explore the origins of the nursery, the way London and Wise organised their work, and some of the gardens both large and small which they designed and supplied with plants.

All lectures and booking online via London Gardens Trust. Tickets: £4 for Gardens Trust/London Gardens Trust/all County Gardens Trusts members, £6 for non-members; season tickets for 12 lectures £40/£60. The lecture will be live online on the day but will be available as a recording afterwards. All ticket holders will be sent a link to the recording the day after the lecture. The recording will be available for one week.

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