Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Gardens and Spas - Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens, Chiswick

Horticultural Society's Gardens, Chiswick. Admission, daily by tickets only, obtainable of members. But for the summer exhibitions of fruit and flowers, always held on Saturdays, and regularly advertised in the public papers, the admission is by tickets generally, price 5s., purchaseable at the places named in the advertisement.

Mogg's New Picture of London and Visitor's Guide to it Sights, 1844

Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - The Royal Horticultural Gardens, Chiswick

The Royal Horticultural Gardens, Chiswick - photograph


With the object of promoting scientific gardening the Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804, and fourteen years later experimental gardens were established between the famous Chiswick House, where Charles James Fox and George Canning died, and Turnham Green. Then, as now, fetes were occasionally held here. But in 1861 new gardens were acquired at South Kensington, and thenceforward Chiswick was a kind of supply stores for the new property nearer town. In the fulness of time, however, the South Kensington Gardens were appropriated as a site for the Imperial Institute and the Royal College of Music, and the Chiswick Gardens have recovered their original status. In the Glass-house shown above are many fine horticultural specimens.