RHS London Shows


RHS London Rose Show

A celebration of England’s favourite flower

RHS London Rose Show 2016For the second year running the RHS Lawrence Hall, London, was the venue for the RHS London Rose Show 2016. Show goers came and celebrated England’s favourite flower and supported specialist rose growers and florists. They had the chance to admire stunning rose displays, gain advice and tips on how to grow and take care of roses, and learn about different varieties.

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This year, we are delighted that TV gardener and rose enthusiast Rachel de Thame co-curated the show. As a gardener with a passion for roses, Rachel worked alongside the RHS to make sure that this year's show was a bumper celebration of the nation's favourite flower.

Rachel was present for the duration of the show to meet and share her passion with our visitors. With many of the UK's premier rose growers participating, the hall was filled with the colour and fragrance of roses.

There were lots of opportunities over the two days to buy top-quality plants and get advice from the experts. In addition, there was a great line-up of expert speakers, floristry and flower arranging demonstrations and workshops, plus rose-related tools, products and much, much more.

Read more on Rachel's favourite flower

Highlights of the 2016 show

  • The chance to buy roses and gain advice from the experts who breed and grow them, including: Harkness Roses; Apuldram Roses; and Peter Beales Roses. Clifton Nurseries were also selling David Austin roses at the show.
  • The rare first edition of Redouté’s Les Roses, published in 1819 and now housed in the RHS Lindley Library was on display. Pierre-Joseph Redouté, from the Netherlands, has been called the greatest botanical illustrator of all time and was nicknamed “the Raphael of flowers”.
  • The Chelsea School of Botanical Art ran a pop-up classroom with demonstrations of botanical painting techniques for those inspired by Redouté’s work.
  • RHS historian Brent Elliott’s newly published book The Rose: The history of the world's favourite flower in 40 roses was available to purchase at the show. He gave talks on the book on both days, and signed copies.
  • Floral design workshops from RHS London in-house florist, Helen Cranmer.
  • Exclusive Lindley Library tours, including a curated tour with the RHS Head of Exhibitions of our temporary exhibition on roses, as well as viewing and learning about other rose-related treasures from our library archives.

Rose arch at the showUseful links

See a list of exhibitors and talks at the show (340kB pdf)

Do you want to grow beautiful roses in your garden? Make sure that you follow our top tips and advice on what you need to do to get them blooming.

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