Through the Garden Gate

Kyoto garden postcard

A select sample of sources for gardens and garden history, drawn largely from our manuscript collections, will be on show at the National Library of Scotland in September as part of the nationwide Archive Awareness Campaign.

Supported by the National Council on Archives, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the National Archives, the campaign uses a series of events to highlight the amazing wealth of material that is contained in the nation's archives.

Flower watercolour

Tying in with 2004 as the Year of the Garden, this year's events theme, 'Routes to Roots', reflects the widespread interest in gardens and gardening that is evident throughout the country. The Library's small display, in the Barrel Vault cases in George IV Bridge, brings together 17th-century drawings of plants, gardeners' letters, a nurseryman's day book, a garden labour journal, accounts and more, under the title 'Through the Garden Gate'.

Pictured are details from two of the exhibits: above - part of a postcard of a Japanese garden, from the honeymoon scrapbook of Lady Newhailes (1911); left - a watercolour engraving of a flower of about 1670, possibly the work of a Scotsman in Paris, copied from a French volume dated 1608.

'Through the Garden Gate' can be viewed during Library opening hours from 6 September to 1 October. Admission is free.

26 August 2004

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