The Gardens Trust has two libraries housed in British universities. Although they are intended primarily for use by students there, they are open for members’ consultation during normal library opening hours. All volumes are indicated with our bookplate, together with their original owner (where known) or donor.
The first is in York, based in the historic King’s Manor building, as part of the University of York’s collections, and consists of both modern and historic volumes. The King’s Manor also holds our extensive collection of slides, currently awaiting cataloguing. A list of our holding can be consulted online through the York University web site.
We regret that the King’s Manor library is closed for the moment, but we will let you know when it reopens.
Our second collection was based in Bristol, but with the ending of the course there has now been transferred to the University of Bath. The catalogue at Bristol is still available online as a PDF, whilst we await access to the new Bath based version.
We are tremendously grateful to members and their families who have made it possible to offer these books to students of garden history and other subjects. We are happy to receive donations and bequests to add to the collection. If you wish to help add to our collections in this way, please contact the Honorary Librarian.
- Ray Desmond’s 1990 Bibliography provides a listing of the standard works
- Our reading list suggests a range of books that are widely available