RHS London Shows


RHS Early Spring Plant Fair

We kick-start the gardening season with a mix of fresh spring colour and early-flowering plants.

Displays of Iris at the 2016 show
We welcome in the new growing season with a wealth of inspiration to help visitors get their horticultural creativity started.

Our first show of the year, the RHS Early Spring Plant Fair will be a bigger and better event for 2017 with more for visitors to see, do, and take home. To reflect the enhanced show experience and as part of the RHS’ commitment to grow the next generation of gardeners, there will be a small entry charge for members (£5) and the public (£6 advance, £9 on 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.*

Date: 14 – 15 February 2017 (Late event 13 February 2017)
Time: 10am – 5pm (Late event 6pm – 9pm)
Venue: RHS Lawrence Hall and RHS Lindley Hall, London

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Ticket prices

13 February (Late event).
Members £5 in advance (£5 on the day). Public £5 in advance (£5 on the day).

14–15 February (all day).
Members £5 in advance (£5 on the day). Public £6 in advance (£9 on the day).

2016 highlightsSelecting onion sets at the 2016 show

Highlights from this year's show included:

  • Gold-medal winning displays from exhibitors, including Dibleys Nurseries, Avon Bulbs and Penberth Plants
  • Expert advice from the nurserymen and growers
  • New and unusual plants to buy, an abundance of exciting spring bulbs and the chance to buy seed potatoes and onion sets

See the list of 2016 exhibitors (345kB pdf)

See the Exhibitor Awards for 2016 (30kB pdf)

2016 Talks Programme

During the two day Plant Fair a variety of talks were given about subjects ranging from showing plants to selecting potatoes. RHS supported PhD student from Reading University, Sarah Duddigan discussed what a tea bag can tell you about your garden soil, Chris Smith from Pennard Plants argued that potatoes are not just a boring staple of our diets, and RHS Horticulturist, Sarah Carlton spoke about hepaticas at RHS Garden Wisley. 

Chelsea Exhibition

As part of the 2016 Spring Fair, there was an exhibition of design sketches and images of Chelsea Flower Show Gardens for 2016. Some of the Chelsea designers gave talks about their gardens and the Show in general, as well as participating in Q&A sessions chaired by Tom Harfleet, Show Manager.

The designers who gave talks were: 

  • Hay Joung Hwang, Show Garden – LG Smart Garden
  • Sarah Eberle, Artisan Garden – The Viking Cruises Garden
  • Rosy Hardy, Show Garden – The Brewin Dolphin Garden: Forever Freefolk
  • Juliet Sargeant, Fresh Garden – The Modern Slavery Garden
  • Sarah Eberle, Artisan Garden – The Viking Cruises Garden

More information

For more information about what else you can grow and harvest in your garden take a look at our grow your own advice.

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