Val will be presenting the history of the Greening family of Brentford End at a joint meeting of the Richmond Local History Society and the Kew Society. Two of the estates which today make up Kew Gardens were at one period managed by two brothers of the second generation of this family business, though they were locked in a legal battle over ownership of the family garden grounds around 1750! Another brother rose to run not only the two estates at Kew but also the gardens of Hampton Court and St James’ Park and Kensington Gardens. Val’s talk will reveal something of their expertise and creativity, discuss some of the aristocratic estates with which they were involved and consider the role of the ambitious Capability Brown in obliterating a good deal of their work.

8pm, at the Duke Street Church in Richmond, Surrey.
Admission is free to members of the two sponsoring societies. Non-members are welcome and will be invited to pay £4 on the door. There is no advance booking as the venue has plenty of seating.