Winner of the 2016 Giant Pumpkin Competition was Ben Ben-Elizer, aged 14, from Kent, with his 566kg (1,247.8lbs) pumpkin called 'Big Ben'.
Harvest was celebrated this year with the RHS’s Giant Pumpkin and Autumn Fruit and Vegetable competition. Along with a wealth of information on growing, harvesting and using garden produce, there were apples and chillis to taste and buy, and Wisley experts to help you identify your fruit.
From 2017, as part of the RHS’ commitment to grow the next generation of gardeners, shows held in one hall, such as the RHS Harvest Festival Show, will be free to RHS members and the public. Shows held in two 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
3-4 October 10am-5pm. Free Entry. No ticket required.
*Discover more about our 2017 London show plans
3–4 October (all day).
Members and public free - no ticket required.
Unusual displays included vegetable chandeliers from Pennard Plants, and the London and Overseas area of NAFAS providing a hanging backdrop to the show.
New exhibitors to the show included: Seedlip’s distilled non-alcoholic spirits; The Orchard Project, with a display on the work they do restoring and planting orchards across London; Capital Growth, London’s largest food-growing network, helping everyone growing food in London; Priestland Birch and Riverford Organics
The Late Event held on Tuesday evening featured pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, delicious cocktails and toe-tapping music from acclaimed folk musician Robin Grey.
Full list of exhibitors (390kB pdf)