SGLH AGM followed by Victorian Horticulture, a talk by Phil Lusby

The SGLH AGM will be held at the Botanic Cottage in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on the morning of the 22 June 2019.  Registration and Coffee will be at 10.30am, followed by the AGM, and a free talk by Phil Lusby, lecturer at RBGE.  Maps for self guided walks around the botanic gardens after the meeting and talk will be available.  Full details and booking forms will be sent out with the AGM papers.

Please note that there is no admittance to Botanic Cottage from the gates behind the cottage, and you should enter the Botanic Garden via the Hope or East gates.  The cottage has excellent disabled access, including a lift to the upper floor where the AGM is to be held.

Click below to open a copy of the Victorian Horticulture lecture poster, a talk by Phil Lusby together with the free event booking form.

Phil Lusby lecture

SGLH AGM 2019 Victorian Horticulture talk booking form

Walter Scott’s Romantic Landscape : Abbotsford Gardens Study Day

Since 2014 Gardens Heritage Development Manager Pippa Coles has been overseeing the rehabilitation of the gardens and policies at Abbotsford.  With Pippa as our guide for the day, we shall begin with a brief introduction, followed by an examination of the formal gardens and terraces surrounding the house.  After lunch in the Ochiltrees Café, we shall explore the wider landscape created by Walter Scott as the setting for his romantic creation.  This will be an opportunity to see work in progress, and to discuss the challenges of managing this iconic landscape.

Cost: £20.00 SGLH Members, £30 Non-members


Falkland Study Day

As well as a series of guided walks in the gardens of House of Falkland and Falkland Palace, our study day will include talks by; Marietta Crichton Stuart, in her role as an estate and family historian and archivist.  Peter Burman, Chair of the Falkland Stewardship Trust, and Susan Thores, acting head gardener at Falkland Palace. Lunch and tea will be provided.

Cost: £20.00 SGLH Members, £30 Non-members

Courting Danger: Sublime experience in the Hermitage wilderness garden, Dunkeld. A lecture by Shannon Fraser.

This year’s joint annual lecture with the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) will be given by Shannon Fraser, all about the Hermitage wilderness garden at Dunkeld.

Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust Annual Conference

The 27th Annual Conference will take place from 18.00 on Thursday 3rd Oct to 16.00 on Saturday 5th Oct 2019 in Kilkenny Castle, Ireland.  The topic this year is “In Celebration of the ROSE” – the roll of the Rose in Garden Design, Art and Floristry.

Further information on the conference and booking available at

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AMERICAN EDEN How Edinburgh Inspired the First Public Botanical Garden in the United States

Venue: Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh

Cost: £7, Members £5

This lively, illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden, which was published in June 2018 to huge acclaim in the United States. It was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Victoria Johnson is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University in 2002. You can read more about her and American Eden at