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Afternoon talk: Thomas Fairchild [1667 – 1729]

July 4

Thomas Fairchild [1667 – 1729]: The City Gardener and his Plants

Afternoon talk led by Painshill volunteer Karen Bridgman.

Thomas Fairchild [1667-1729] has been described as being one of the most influential nurserymen of his time. At his Hoxton nursery, he was known for his skill in cultivating exotic plants such as bananas and aloes, as well as new plants being introduced from North America.

His book, ‘The City Gardener’, published in 1722, detailed which plants would survive in the polluted air of the Capital, both in the fashionable London Squares or in pots on balconies and window boxes.

He also described surprising horticultural details to be seen around London, such as the two Mulberry trees growing in a little yard near Sam’s Coffee-house in Ludgate Street.

The lecture focuses on the plants Fairchild knew and the stories behind them.

Afternoon talks occur on the first Thursday of every month. View all upcoming talks, guided tours and lectures here.


£5.00 for non-members*

Free for Painshill members

*General admission applies if you wish to enter the landscape garden.

Organised in aid of Painshill Park Trust Limited, registered charity in England and Wales (284944). We rely on fundraising to preserve and maintain Painshill for future generations so your support is very important to us.

Afternoon talk: Thomas Fairchild [1667 – 1729]

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DATE July 4 TIME 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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