RHS London Shows

RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair

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

Displays of Iris at the 2016 show

Our first show of the year, the RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair was held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February 2016 at the RHS Lawrence Hall and the Lindley Hall London.

Formerly the RHS London Plant and Potato Fair, the show welcomed in the new growing season and offered a wealth of inspiration to help visitors get their horticultural creativity started. RHS Members enjoyed free entry to the show.

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)

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 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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