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The Plant Library

The Plant Library is a collection of plants, mainly herbaceous, that are laid out as a filing system in an acre of old orchard. Each group has a QR code so its possible to identify over 1000 herbaceous plants and 400 varieties of bulbs. It is part of the Serge Hill Project for Gardening Creativity and Health, a not-for-profit, set up by Sue &Tom Stuart-Smith in 2023.

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The Plant Library
The Plant Library
The Plant Library
The Plant Library

About The Plant Library

The Plant Library is an exciting ongoing experiment. This is a unique and extensive educational resource for anyone interested in plants and planting design: whether they be visiting students of horticulture, gardeners, garden designers or school children. The first plants were planted in autumn 2020 and spring 2021. The collection will be constantly edited and curated, creating a stage on which to trial and experiment with more unusual plants. Each grid square is numbered, with the name of the corresponding plant logged into a master list.
The building at the heart of the orchard site has been designed by architect Ben Stuart-Smith and is used to host events and talks. It uses almost exclusively natural materials above ground level, including hempcrete walls, oak cladding and an unfired clay floor. A small propagation unit for growing plants from the collection is being built on the site by Sunnyside Rural Trust and there are also vegetable plots used by local residents.

Location details

The Plant Library,
Abbots Langley,

The Plant Library openings

This garden has now completed its National Garden Scheme openings for this year.


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Payment is by cash only. Please get in touch with the owners for more details.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at The Plant Library at this time.

Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the garden at this time.

Yes, there are various plants offerred for sale at The Plant Library, please enquire with the owners for more details.

Sorry, The Plant Library does not yet accommodate wheelchair users.

The Plant Library is not explicitly a wildlife garden, but you may still find various indigenous flora and fauna.