Thursday 7th May 2020, 11am – 12pm
Robert Furber [c.1674 – 1756] : A Kensington Nurseryman and his ‘Twelve Months of Flowers’
Abercorn Room talk led by Karen Bridgman
At the very beginning of the 18th C, Robert Furber founded his Kensington Nursery opposite the gates to Kensington Palace.
From this prestigious location, he attracted a wealthy clientele keen to purchase from his extensive stock of hardy trees and shrubs, fruit and flowers.
In 1730 Furber issued the first illustrated nursery catalogue in England. Entitled ‘Twelve Months Of Flowers’, the exquisite hand-coloured engravings were designed to whet the appetites of enthusiastic plant lovers, from royalty and the aristocracy, to clergymen and the professional gradeners employed by the wealthy.
This talk will explore Furber’s stock of flowering plants and give an insight to the flowers available from January to December in the first half of the 18th C.
Talks in the Abercorn Room occur on the first Thursday of every month. View all upcoming talks, guided tours and lectures here.
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Talk: Robert Furber [c.1674 – 1756] by Karen Bridgman
*General admission applies if you wish to enter the landscape garden.
Advance booking required.