Landmarks in the History of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners

Date:
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

CHRISTMAS LECTURE Thursday 13 December 18:00–19:00

Tom Gough
© Tom Gough

In 1345 a group of well-meaning men formed the Fraternity of Gardeners and banged on the doors of St Paul’s Cathedral asking for a little land to trade on so they could improve the quality of produce that was being sold in the City of London.

The lecture highlights the history of this Livery Company, the eventual granting of its Royal Charter in 1605 and some of the exciting events that occurred and continue to occur in the life of this very active Company. It will include stories and illustrations of the many bouquets for Royal weddings and Coronations that The Gardeners have had the honour of presenting. The lecture is occasionally accompanied by music from the era about which Tom is speaking.

Tom Gough FLS is a Senior Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and the Honorary Almoner. He was a florist and Director of Longmans in the City and has written books on the subject of Temperate and Tropical Horticulture.


  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception.

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