RHS London Shows


RHS Botanical Art Show

A celebration of botanical art and horticultural masterpieces from around the world

Visitors at the 2016 Botanic Art show

Showcasing beautiful art from around the world

The RHS Lindley Hall hosts the RHS London Botanical Art Show, championing the skills of some of the world’s best botanical artists through a display of previously unseen work. It’s a truly international Show featuring artists from Italy, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

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As part of the RHS’ commitment to grow the next generation of gardeners, from 2017 shows held in one hall only, such as the RHS Botanical Art Show, will be free to RHS members and the public (the Preview will be £5 in advance and on the day for both members and the public). Shows held in both RHS Halls will have a small entry charge for members (£5) and the public (£6 advance, £9 on the day).

Funds from ticket sales will go towards helping to pay for RHS Apprentices, to kick-start and enable young people’s careers in horticulture.*

RHS Lindley Hall
23 February (Preview Evening) 6–9pm. All tickets £5
24–25 February 10am–5pm. Free Entry - no ticket required

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The Show also features an array of artists and botanical art organisations in our pop-up studio who will be running live demonstrations and free workshops.

Highlights of our pop-up studio include:

  • Etching, lino block and stencilling demonstrations with the Southbank Printmakers
  • Information on the inaugural World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition in 2018 from the Association of British Botanical Artists
  • Hand block printing demonstrations (taster sessions) with Yateley Papers
  • Plant pressing demonstrations with the South London Botanical Institute
  • Artist Rachel Dein will be demonstrating how to make impressions and casts of plants and flowers, and Julia Trickey will be demonstrating watercolour techniques
  • Pop-up workshops with The Society of Botanical Artists using watercolour and coloured pencil techniques
  • Hannah McVicar has designed a five colour screen print especially for the show and will be illustrating the process of creating botanical screen prints
  • The Chelsea School of Botanical Art will be running the ‘Green Challenge!’ where visitors can learn to mix a huge variety of the green hues required by the botanical artist. Materials will be provided.

The Lindley Library will also be open for visits during the Show, which features our current exhibition Pigments and Petals. Free curated tours of some the library’s collection will be running at 11am and 2pm on each day of the Show. You can sign up for these on the day at the Lindley Library stand.

Preview evening

The preview evening is a chance to have an early viewing of the Show, accompanied by live classical music and a complimentary drink. We are also delighted to present a preview screening of The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism, the latest release from the acclaimed series Exhibition on Screen, with a live introduction from director Phil Grabsky.

The film explores how the relationship between art and gardening blossomed across the pond, as Americans began to cultivate their own gardens, and a group of American painters returned from Europe keen to capture these new oases.

This screening will take place at 7.30pm and will finish by 9pm.

Please note: complimentary drinks are for the first 100 visitors only.

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