The RHS Lindley Hall hosted the very first RHS London Urban Garden Show in 2016, co-curated by Cityscapes. This new event became the perfect place to browse and buy plants from some of the country’s best plant growers for small gardens, balconies, windowsills and indoor plants - including citrus, olives, chillies and exotic ornamental plants.
In 2017, we will launch the Summer Urban Garden Show as part of our plan for improved London shows - where funds from ticket sales will go towards helping to pay for RHS Apprentices - helping to kick-start and enable young people’s careers in horticulture.*
From 2017, to enable us grow the next generation of gardeners, shows held in one hall only, such as the RHS Summer Urban Garden Show, 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). Shows held in both RHS Halls will have a small entry charge for members (£5) and the public (£6 advance, £9 on the day).
Date: 12 – 13 July 2017 (Late event 11 July)
Time: 10am – 5pm (Late event 6pm – 10pm)
Venue: RHS Lawrence Hall, London
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11 July 6-10pm All tickets £5
12–13 July 12 noon-9pm. Free entry. No ticket required.
We welcomed more than 3250 visitors in 2016, some of whom had never attended a show - making this the most popular one-hall show that we have ever staged.
What was on at the 2016 show
On entering the show visitors were immersed in a tropical paradise with an array of species suitable for indoor use such as ivies, palms and ferns. A second inspirational installation featured popular dry plants such as cacti and succulents, which are easy to keep and need little maintenance.
There was the chance to ask the experts about caring for plants whatever your level of knowledge, and to get cultivation tips on keeping them healthy all year round. In addition, you could check out plant accessories to create an impressive display from some of London’s hottest new horticultural brands.
The Show featured seminars on topics ranging from social media for gardeners to growing various kinds of houseplants and how plants can be used in the urban settings, along with curated tours of our Lindley Library exhibit on the City Gardener, which covered the delights and challenges of urban gardening through the ages.
There was also a tempting range of food on offer if you felt the need for something tasty - SpiceBox, Seedlip, Rupert's Street, The Inkspot Brewery, Vegan Sweet Tooth, The Gin Garden, and Young Vegans were all be on hand with thier range of fabulous fare.
Download the RHS London Urban Garden Show flyer (108kB pdf)
We offered a wide range of workshops at the show:
Displaying and caring for Bromeliads with Every Picture Tells a Story – how to prepare, attach and care for air plants and small bromeliads that can be displayed in the home.
Hand Tied Bouquets with The Flower Appreciation Society – how to make your very own hand-tied bouquet The Flower Appreciation Society way, using the most beautiful, seasonal blooms and a selection of lovely wild foliage. All materials were included.
From Plant to Plate with Naturally Sassy – a seasonal eating session with Naturally Sassy on the health and wellbeing benefits of a plant-based diet.
Macrame with Grace & Thorn – add something unique to your home or workplace. How to make your own beautiful macrame hanger using good-quality thick rope.
Kokedama with Terraaario – get your hands dirty learning to create a 'Kokedama' with creative gardeners transforming houseplants into dangling sculptural objects.
Floral Crown & Botanical Jewellery with Electric Daisy Flower Farm – using stylish and sculptural flowers from our flower farm, we showed you how to make the most splendid flower crowns.
Build your own Tinyjohn Terrarium with London Terrariums – how a terrarium works and then it is up to you to get your hands in there and build your own! All contents, jar and tools were supplied.
Make your own succulent plant picture frame with Blueleaf Plants – Make a mini ‘living frame’ using sempervivums and get to take one home with you. They supplied a wooden frame, compost, a selection of plants and moss to dress your frame and step-by-step guidance from a succulent expert.
View the full exhibitor list, as well as workshop and seminar information (617kB pdf)
Make sure that you take the time to check out our other London shows.
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