Study Day: Nature's Wonders

Study Day: Nature's Wonders

11th Dec 2018 10am - 3:45pm

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Nature's Wonders: Mary Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort, and the Circle of London Plant Collectors in the Later 17th Century and Beyond

The later years of the 17th and the early 18th century saw an intense interest in botany and plant collecting, in particular of tender exotics.  Pre-eminent among London collectors were the Duchess of Beaufort at Beaufort House in Chelsea, Bishop Henry Compton at Fulham Palace (where the Head Gardener was George London), and Queen Mary at Hampton Court. They and the gardeners and botanists who advised them also made herbariumsparts of which found their way into the vast collections of Sir Hans Sloane, which formed the basis for the foundation of the British Museum in 1759.


Professor Mark Laird:The Duchess of Beaufort’s Last Years in London, 1708-1714

Michael LearBishop Compton’s 17th C. and early 18th C. Plantings at Fulham Palace and the Restoration Project

Dr Terry GoughQueen Mary II’s Exotics at Hampton Court Palace

Dr Mark SpencerHerbariums and the Early Modern Garden

In the Chair: Dr Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces

After lunch we will visit the ongoing restoration of Compton’s plantings with Head Gardener Lucy Hart.


Underground: Putney Bridge District Line

National Rail: Putney Station  

Bus:  74, 220, 430

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10am Registration and Coffee

10.15am Start 

3.45pm Finish