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Highlights of the 2017 Show
Following on from the success of last year's show, this free 2017 event, co-curated by Cityscapes, once again offered inspirational planting ideas for the smallest urban plots, balconies and interiors. Some of the country’s best growers were selling an exotic mix of plants including unusual edibles, succulents and an array of tropical houseplants.
An immersive experience placed visitors in a plant-filled tropical paradise with inspirational displays. Our Urban Room Set installations demonstrated cutting-edge indoor planting design for the home and any interior space. A central Indoor Pond, along with an exhibition of specially commissioned plant pot designs by Central St Martins students were on display. We also had a Virtual Reality RHS experience, and images on display from the RHS Photographic Competition 2017.
Our preview night kicked off the show with a complimentary botanically inspired drink and live DJ sets. You could also sip cocktails while creating a floral crown to take away with you and indulge in some floral face painting.
Whatever your level of plant knowledge, there were plenty of experts on hand to advise on suitable plants for your space, as well as provide essential care tips to keep them healthy. In addition, some of London’s hottest new horticultural brands offered exclusive and unique collections of pots and accessories to help you create your own impressive display.
Seminars and talks
The Urban Show featured seminars from leading landscape designers Nigel Dunnett and Cleve West, who each presented their own views on the importance of planting in urban environments. There were talks from experts on the subjects of urban gardening including RHS Big Ideas Small Spaces author Tony Wood and Telegraph gardening columnist Alice Vincent.
There were also free curated tours of our Lindley Library, which included a visit to the Gardeners’ World at 50 exhibit. This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the programme and provides an in-depth look at its influence upon gardening trends since the 1960s.
We were also tempting the senses with a range of street food providing a fabulous variety of catering for every taste, including exclusively plant-based options.
A wide range of workshops took place throughout the show, including:
- Build your own terrarium with London Terrariums
- Plant a succulent espresso mug with Blueleaf Plants
- Taster perfume-making sessions with Experimental Perfume Club
Show-goers could join us for a special viewing of our exhibition Gardeners’ World at 50 and an opportunity to go behind the scenes at the RHS Lindley Library. Viewing early books and artworks from the library collections, this tour explored the wildlife in our gardens and investigated how our attitude to pests and pollinators has changed over the course of recent centuries.
Pantone® Colour of the Year Greenery has been blended exclusively by Valspar® paint and is the official colour of the RHS Urban Garden Show 2017
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