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RHS Early Spring Plant Fair

We kick-start this year's gardening season with a mix of fresh spring colour and early-flowering plants

 

Displays of spring plants at the 2017 show
We welcome in the new growing season on Tuesday and Wednesday 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 is on now, and will be a spectacular 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 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.*


Lawrence and Lindley Halls
13 February 6–9pm All tickets £5
14–15 February 10am–5pm RHS members £5, Public £6 in advance £9 on the day

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Irsis display at the 2017 showHellebore 'waterlily'Snowdrop display at the 2017 show
 

Highlights of the Show

Iris reticulata on display at the 2017 showHigh-quality displays from exhibitors, including:

  • Dibleys Nurseries
  • Avon Bulbs
  • Penberth Plants
  • Jaques Amand - exhibiting new dwarf Iris (Reticulata) varieties
  • The Botanic Nursery - exhibiting the new Helleborus 'Waterlily' and lime-tolerant Daphne varieties
  • H W Hyde & W & S Lockyer - exhibiting innovatively shaped displays

Expert advice from the nurserymen and growers.

The chance to buy a vast range of seed potatoes from Pennard Plants.

Floral heart installationA chance to preview the designs for Show gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Q&A sessions with some of the designers. These sessions will be chaired by RHS Chelsea Flower Show manager Tom Harfleet at 2pm on each day of the Show.

  • 14 February - we will be joined by Andrew Wilson, Kate Gould, Fiona Cadwallader and Charlotte Harris
  • 15 February - the panel will include Lee Bestall, Gavin McWilliam and Ruth Willmott

Showcasing the designs for Show Gardens at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, a brand new event for the RHS in June 2017
 

Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday candles'Snowdrop 'Philippe Andre Meyer'Plant sales at the show

You can also take part in a full talks programme including:

  • Growing Alpines from some of the specialist horticulturists at RHS Garden Wisley

  • A talk on garden design from SGD member Emma Plunket

  • Chris Smith of Pennard Plants who will be talking us through the art of growing perfect potatoes

The RHS Lindley Library will be offering free curated tours at 11am and 2pm on each day of the Show, which will introduce the library’s current exhibition ‘Pigments and Petals’, exploring the important role of women in the history of botanical art.

  • Sign up for these workshops on the day at the Lindley Library stand in the Lindley Hall

New RHS Floral Artist in Residence Fiona Haser Bizony from the Electric Daisy Flower Farm will be creating a stunning floral installation of an anatomical heart, created purely from flowers grown on her own farm near Bath.


Don't miss our exciting workshops

Taking place on both days of the Show, which can be purchased online when buying tickets to the Show:

 

Helen Cranmerfloral workshop at the 2017 showHelen Cranmer demonstrates at the 2017 show

Pastel Posy workshop with Helen Cranmer (RHS In-House Florist 2016)

 

Join in this relaxed and informative workshop, where you will learn traditional techniques enabling you to create your own pretty, domed posy full of pastel spring flowers and foliage.

Helen will guide you through selecting high-quality flowers and foliage for arrangements, and how to condition them for longevity. After a step-by-step demonstration, you will create your own posy, with Helen on hand to help.

To finish your posy, you will be shown a technique for creating a neat but sweet twine handle.

Workshop length & time: 1.5 hours - 11am on Tuesday 14 Feb, and 11am & 1pm on Wednesday 15 Feb
Cost: £20 plus show entry

Speaking from the show, Helen says:

“The workshop has a lot to offer; you'll learn traditional techniques to create a beautiful product to take away with you today. Overall a relaxing and theraputic experience.”

Express Lunchtime Valentine’s Pastel Posy workshop Helen Cranmer (RHS In-House Florist 2016)

Join Helen in this express lunchtime workshop, where you will create your own pretty, domed posy full of pastel spring flowers and foliage. Perfect for a thoughtful and creative Valentine’s gift.

Workshop length & time: 40 minutes - 1.15pm on Tuesday 14 Feb
Cost: £15 plus show entry


More from the Show

A range of hot food options will be on offer from various vendors - more details will be announced shortly

The Late event will offer 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. There will also be a plant ‘Peep Show’ in which we will be revealing some images from the RHS Lindley Library archives that were historically deemed too risqué for women to view.

See the full exhibitor list & talks programme (943kB pdf)

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