Garden History Society


The Garden History Society was an organisation in the United Kingdom established to study the history of gardening and to protect historic gardens. In 2015 it became The Gardens Trust, having merged with the Association of Gardens Trusts.[1]

It was founded in 1966, and was a registered charity[2] with headquarters in London. Membership was around 1,500 prior to its merger in 2015.

Presidents included Mavis Batey and Sir Roy Strong. The final Chairman was landscape architect Dominic Cole.[3]

The Society, then the Trust, has published a quarterly journal, Garden History since 1970. As of 2022 the editor was Dr Barbara Simms.[4]

Statutory roleEdit

From 1995 the Garden History Society was a statutory consultee in relation to planning proposals which affect historic designed landscapes identified by English Heritage as being of national significance, and which are included on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. Thus when a planning authority received a planning application which affected a site on the Register, or the setting of such a site, the planning authority had to consult the Society.[5]

Editors of Garden HistoryEdit

Before Barbara Simms, previous editors of Garden History were:[6]

Christopher Thacker (1970–80)
John Anthony (1980)
W.A Brogden (1981–3)
Brent Elliott (1984–8 and 1989)
Robert Oresko (1988)
Jane Crawley and Elisabeth Whittle (1989–97)
Jan Woudstra (1998–2004)
Andrew Eburne (2004–06)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Gardens Trust
  2. ^ "Garden History Society, registered charity no. 1053446". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  3. ^ "Garden History Officers". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Journal", The Gardens Trust website]
  5. ^ "Statutory consultations". Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Journal", The Gardens Trust website]

External linksEdit

  • Official website