|26 October 2018 (Late)
27 October 2018
28 October 2018
RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD
2018 tickets now on sale
The Urban Garden Show returns
Bring the outdoors in at the RHS Urban Garden Show this October (27-28). Featuring endless ideas for transforming even the smallest urban corners, the show is the perfect place to browse and buy an exotic assortment of plants for city abodes – whether for a flat, balcony, small courtyard or window box.
Expert growers from across the UK will be exhibiting and selling the very best tropical houseplants, seasonal blooms and spring flowering bulbs, giving plant lovers the opportunity to explore an urban jungle and stock up on pots, terrariums, cacti, macramé, botanical prints and more.
For those looking for the next indoor gardening trend, ‘aquascaping’ expert George Farmer will display an emerging form of underwater gardening and will be running workshops to inspire visitors to try their hand at creating their own submerged miniature landscapes using aquatic plants.
For those looking for the more unusual, garden designer Rob Stacewicz will create a ‘UV Garden’ filled with glowing blooms and florescent foliage. There will also be evocative floral design from RHS resident floral artist Zita Elze, exploring urban sustainability, while floral designer Paul Malget will be working with RHS Wisley to create a breath-taking display of suspended foliage and autumn colour.
Be prepared for your perception and understanding of plants to be challenged with thought-provoking exhibits. Cityscapes will create a cinematic ‘Plant Peep Show’ that explores our obsession with flowers, while Cake Me Up will create an incredibly life-like edible landscape filled with sweetly made succulents and cacti.
Talks and workshops
A host of creative talks and workshops to help everyone get to grips with urban gardening will run throughout the show. Houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank will explain how to care for your tropical houseplants while Alys Fowler will show you how to make homemade Christmas gifts from the garden. For a contemporary twist in landscaping, Rob Dwiar will take a look into the virtual world and explain how horticulture has a key role to play in computer game design.
A host of creative workshops will run throughout the show where you can put your green fingers to the test and take home some botanical inspiration, these include:
- Landscape Arrangement Workshop by floral artist Paul Malget
- Tinyjohn Terrarium Workshop by London Terrariums
- Create Your Own Miniature Aquascape by George Farmer Studios
- Soilless Growing Workshop by Rootlabs
- Botanical Tie Dye Silk Workshop by London Permaculture
- Make Your Own Kimchi by food expert Naomi Devlin
- Tasty Garden Talk with Tasters by Juliet Sargeant
- Explore the Urban Trees of SW1 with the Museum of Walking
The RHS Late
Preview the show at the RHS Late on Friday 26 October (5pm-9pm, tickets £5). Guests will be able to enjoy an exclusive first look at the show with free workshops, a live DJ, vegan street food and botanical cocktails. The free workshops include miniature floral makeovers for eyebrows and beards, flower crowns and pumpkin carving, and create your own ‘Succulent and Cacti Cupcakes’.