RHS London Shows


RHS Autumn Garden Show

Our inspirational 2017 autumn show offered innovative planting ideas to add late season colour and texture to your garden

Autumn colour at the show

The RHS Autumn Garden Show brought the delightful colours, textures and tastes of autumn to the city.

In the Indoor Foraging Forest by award-winning landscape designer Jon Davies, we featured an atmospheric world of unusual and seasonal edibles, from crab apples, herbs and Chilean guava to an array of fungi. The Autumnal Gateway (a ‘remix’ of the Path of Least Resistance installation from RHS Chatsworth Flower Show) featured an earthy tapestry of grasses, asters, dahlias and more against a geometric metal framework.

A spectacular showcase of seedheads was created by new floral exhibitor The Salutation Garden, with huge Allium schubertii taking centre stage, while Plant Heritage London featured displays of Callicarpa, corkscrew hazel, silken Miscanthus nepalensis, huge Cardiocrinum seedpods as well as other plants that make autumn such a wonderful time of year.

Visitors could treat themselves, or make a start on Christmas shopping, with plenty of tempting ideas from quality garden and indoor plants, terrariums, candles and hypertufa troughs to vintage vases and much more.

Bill OddieFirey orange and yellow autumn leavesA visitor looks at fungi on display
  an autumn floral display at the show

What’s happened at the show?

  • The Autumn Ornamental Plant competition, which was open for all to enter
  • The opportunity to buy from a specially selected group of nurseries and exhibitors offering seasonally inspired collections of plants, bulbs and garden accessories
  • Rare and unusual plants from growers including The Botanic Nursery, Plantbase and Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries
  • New floral exhibitors to London Shows: Calamazag Nursery, Strictly Daylilies and The Salutation Garden
  • RHS Lindley Library had a special viewing of our exhibition ‘Codlings, Costards and Biffins and free tours of material from the library collections. The tour included a curator’s introduction to the exhibition and the chance to go behind the scenes to view early books and artworks and find out more about our rich apple heritage
  • Foodie delights from Chelsea-based foraging restaurant Rabbit, situated in an indoor foraging forest full of unusual edibles created by Gold Medal winning designer Jon Davies, who ran foraging tours throughout the day
  • An inspiring programme of talks across both days, including Britain's best-known ornithologist and conservationist Bill Oddie, world-renowned plantsman Roy Lancaster and award-winning television presenter Nick Bailey
  • Inspirational floral installations from RHS Floral Artist in Residence 2017 (Electric Daisy Flower Farm), as well as a celebration of seedheads and other seasonal delights from RHS Gold-medal winning designer Paul-Hervey Brookes
  • Seasonally focused workshops which included floral design, flower and leaf printmaking and grow your own avocado tree
  • Award-winning bonsai collection from Bonsai Kai, the oldest bonsai club in Europe

St John’s Smith Square Partnership
We also teamed up with our friends at St John's Smith Square concert hall to offer a combined entry ticket to the lunchtime organ recital by Henry Fairs (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) and to the RHS Autumn Garden Show.

the RHS Gardening Advice stationan exhibitor with a display of seedheads at the showRoy Lancaster

Useful links

See an image gallery of beautiful plants for autumn colour from past shows

Plants for autumn colour

See the full programme of 2017 talks and exhibitors (564kB pdf)

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