Join us for our Summer Urban Show 2017 at the RHS Lawrence Hall for the second year of this new show co-curated by Cityscapes. Following on from the success of last year, this show will once again offer inspirational planting ideas for the smallest urban plots, balconies and interiors. Some of the country’s best growers will be selling an exotic mix of plants including unusual edibles, succulents and an array of tropical houseplants.
Dates & times
11 July (Late Event with complimentary drink): 6pm-10pm - all tickets £5
12-13 July: 12noon - 9pm - free entry, no ticket required
Venue: RHS Lawrence Hall, London, SW1P 2QD
What’s on at the 2017 Urban Show
This year we will be offering another immersive experience, which will place visitors into a plant-filled tropical paradise with inspirational displays. Our Urban Room Set installations will demonstrate 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 will be on display. We’ll also have a Virtual Reality RHS experience, and images on display from the RHS Photographic Competition 2017.
Join us on our preview night to kick off the show with a complimentary botanically inspired drink and live DJ sets. You will also be able to 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 may be, there will be plenty of experts on hand to advise on suitable plants for your space, as well as providing essential care tips to keep them healthy. In addition, some of London’s hottest new horticultural brands will be offering exclusive and unique collections of pots and accessories to help you create your own impressive display.
Seminars and talks
The Urban Show will also feature seminars from leading landscape designers Nigel Dunnett and Cleve West, who will each be presenting their own views on the importance of planting in urban environments. There will also be 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 will be free curated tours of our Lindley Library, which will include 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 will also be 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 will be taking place throughout the show, including:
- Kokedama with Terraario
- Build your own terrarium with Small World Project
- Plant a succulent picture frame with Blueleaf Plants
- Taster perfume-making sessions with experimental Perfume Club
Workshops will be available to book online a month before the show – a talks programme and exhibitor list will also be available at this time.
Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 July
2pm and 3pm
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 will explore the wildlife in our gardens and investigate how our attitude to pests and pollinators has changed over the course of recent centuries.
Library opening hours
10am – 5pm
Please note: the library will not be open beyond 5pm and any visitors for the evening between 5pm-9pm will not be able to view the exhibition.
Download a full list of exhibitors, workshops & talks (274kB pdf)
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