The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Institution, its origins and its connections to Gloucestershire

The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Institution, its origins and its connections to Gloucestershire

Francesca Murray will discuss the GRBI, its origins and its connections to Gloucestershire. There were lots of gardeners and their widows who came from this county or worked here, who were selected for a pension from this organisation. Interestingly, a special legacy was left to the GRBI by one local employer, a Mr Cypher, an orchid nurseryman, who lived in Rose Cottage in Queens Road, Cheltenham, with a large nursery behind the house. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet one of two new Trustees of the Gardens Trust elected this year. Francesca has a background in interior design and having changed direction to horticulture and garden design, she ran her own garden design business for 10 years. She is in her third year of a PhD at Queen Mary’s University of London researching ‘Nineteenth-century gardeners, nurserymen, and the associations that came to their aid’. Francesca is a member of the Gardens Trust Education and Training Committee and a regular speaker on garden matters, particularly as the archivist of Perennial.

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Event Date Mon 8 Apr 2024 19:00
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Location St Luke’s Church Hall
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Francesca Murray

MA (Garden History) BA, FRSA

Francesca is a garden historian whose particular interest is forgotten Victorian gardeners, nurserymen and florists.  She is currently researching a PhD on the nineteenth century history of the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Institution (the forerunner of Perennial) and the gardeners who subscribed to its charitable funds. Writing: The Eighth Wonder of the World, Exbury Gardens and the Rothschilds (2020) about the history of this famous 200-acre woodland garden in Hampshire.  Her other interests include the Rothschild orchid collections, Victorian gardens, Trained in Horticulture and Garden Design at Berkshire College of Agriculture. Current PhD studies at QMUL. MA Garden History, Buckingham University

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