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Highlights of the 2017 Show
We welcomed in the new growing season in 2017 with a wealth of inspiration to help visitors get their horticultural creativity started.
Our first show of the year had more for visitors to see, do, and take home. To reflect the enhanced show experience and as part of the RHS’ commitment to growing the next generation of gardeners, there was a small entry charge for members (£5) and the public (£6 advance, £9 on the day).
Funds from ticket sales will go towards supporting our charitable aims such as helping to pay for RHS Apprentices, to kick-start and enable young people’s careers in horticulture.
The Late event offered a chance to be the first to experience the Show, featuring a DJ and live music, free flower crown and homemade floral cupcake decorating workshops, and a free glass of ‘Love Potion’ on entry, to tie in with the season.
Throughout the show, there were high-quality and innovatively shaped displays from exhibitors such as Dibleys Nurseries and Jaques Amand along with expert advice from the nurserymen and growers and a range of seed potatoes from Pennard Plants.
RHS Floral Artist in Residence Fiona Haser Bizony from the Electric Daisy Flower Farm created a stunning floral installation of an anatomical heart, created purely from flowers grown on her own farm near Bath.
Exciting workshops took place on both days of the show with Helen Cranmer (RHS In-House Florist 2016). These relaxed and informative workshops taught visitors traditional techniques enabling them to create pretty, domed posy’s full of pastel spring flowers and foliage.
Visitors could take part in a full programme of talks including growing alpines from some of the specialist horticulturists at RHS Garden Wisley and tips on garden design from Society of Garden Designers Emma Plunket.
The RHS Lindley Library also offered free curated tours each day of the show, which introduced the library’s current 2017 exhibition ‘Pigments and Petals’, exploring the important role of women in the history of botanical art.
During the show, there was a chance for visitors to preview the garden designs for 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.