RHS Early Spring Plant Fair

In February 2018, we kick-started the gardening season with a mix of fresh spring colour and early-flowering plants

a visitor looks at a hippeastrum display
Alys FowlerPippa GreenwoodSnowdrop and cyclamen display

Show dates

13 February 2018

14 February 2018

RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD

What's on at the show

Our first show of the year had more for you to see, do, and take home as we welcomed in the new growing season with a wealth of inspiration to help get your horticultural creativity started.

Snowdrops fall from the sky

a visitor stands among the snowdrop display at the show
The Lindley Hall was transformed into a snowdrop extravaganza, featuring a unique installation to celebrate this beloved early-spring flower. Rare and unusual snowdrops were donated from gardens around the country, and cascaded down from the ceiling.

Each specimen was labelled with its variety and origin, and show-goers were able to admire their exquisite beauty at eye level – as well as spot some well-known names among the galanthophiles. Specialist snowdrop nurseries attending the event included Harveys Garden Plants, Avon Bulbs and W & S Lockyer.

Our wonderful Winter Walk

The Winter Walk display at the show

Moving into the Lawrence Hall, you stepped into a Winter Garden wonderland, with a recreation of the planting at RHS Garden Wisley’s winter walk. Visitors to the show got a flavour of our flagship garden at this time of year as they experienced the colours and scents of the season through layers of herbaceous shrubs and trees in an enchanting display. There were also interactive walks around the feature with experts from Wisley, who talked about the different plants and advised how to use them in viistors' own gardens.

Advice to help you grow

Throughout the show, there were high-quality and innovative displays along with expert advice from nurserymen and growers such as Dibleys, Plantbase and The Botanic Nursery. Pennard Plants was selling a large range of seed potatoes as well as running sessions (including tastings) on the different varieties available. Birmingham Botanical Gardens displayed their National Collection of Cyclamen, and guided visitors around their exhibit so they could learn more about these seasonal blooms and how to grow them.

Hands-on fun

Exciting workshops took place on both days of the show, including painting a snowdrop Valentines card with the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, and making your own Valentine bouquet using ‘the language of flowers’.

There was a full programme of talks, with a range of speakers including TV presenter and author Alys Fowler and Gardeners' Question Time panellist Pippa Greenwood.

The RHS Lindley Library offered free curated tours on each day of the show, introducing their exhibition ‘Collecting in the Clouds: Early 20th Century Plant Discoveries’, which tells the story of four key plant collectors who were exploring the eastern-most edge of the Himalayas 100 years ago.

New Floral Artist

floral display by the RHS London Floral Artist is Residence

Award-winning floral artist Zita Elze was selected as the RHS’s London Artist in Residence in 2018. Her first RHS installation for the Early Spring Plant Fair celebrated the natural transition from winter into spring with a woodland-inspired scene.


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