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Highlights of the 2017 Show
Celebrating all that spring has to offer, in 2017 the show was held at the RHS Lindley and Lawrence Halls and exhibits included an amazing selection of spring plants, must-have gardening sundries, a spectacular array of exotic, as well as hardy, orchids, plus a floral installation by the RHS in-house florist.
The show had a range of spectacular plants on display, including must-see exhibits:
- Kerria japonica 'Albescens' - an easy to grow, spring-flowering shrub for sun or partial shade. An unusual selection with simple flowers of the palest primrose-yellow
- Epidendrum parkinsonianum - a spectacular epiphytic orchid revelling in shady conditions in the glass house – kept at a minimum of 12C (55F). It has long sickle-shaped leaves and in spring, waxy, greenish-cream flowers
- Echeveria secunda var. glauca 'Compton Carousel’- a choice echeveria with pale green and cream leaves, exhibited by Ottershaw succulents
Must see exhibitors
Lindley Hall featured an abundance of orchid exhibitors to delight our visitors, and included British orchid growers Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd and Burnham Nurseries. Show goers were also able to attend a dedicated talks programme on Orchids.
Lawrence Hall focused on the finest spring plants, including new exhibitors Summerdale Garden Nursery and The Tiny Plant Co. who received the RHS New Floral Exhibitor Bursary in 2017.
Around the show
Our exciting event had even more to offer, including a wide range of tradestands, new exhibitors such as Garden Brocante (horticultural antiques), along with new nurseries. There was also a full talks programme around spring plants.
- Our Young Designer of the Year 2017 Finalists designed a Pocket Park within the Show to tie in with our Greening Grey Britain Campaign
- RHS London Floral Artist in Residence Fiona Haser Bizony created a hanging floral wave using flowers from her flower farm near Bath
- The RHS Lindley Library hosted daily afternoon tours of our latest exhibition ‘Potted’, as well as a Spring Showcase that featured a collection of seasonal images from RHS Garden Harlow Carr
- Creative floral spring wreath workshops with Helen Cranmer were available to join
- A full programme of talks were available throughout the Show featuring speakers such as Pippa Greenwood and Noel Kingsbury - talks took place throughout both days in both the Lindley and the Lawrence Hall
Our late evening event on 28 March (6pm – 9pm) offered a preview of the show, with drinks, food, music and free activities on offer.
As part of the RHS’ commitment to grow the next generation of gardeners, from 2017, shows held in both RHS Halls, will have a small entry charge for members (£5) and the public (£6 advance, £9 on the day). Shows held in one hall only will be free to RHS members and the public (the Late event will be £5 in advance and on the day for both members and the public).
Funds from ticket sales will go towards helping to pay for RHS Apprentices, to kick-start and enable young people’s careers in horticulture.
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