|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
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. Peckham’s popular Green Rooms Market will be relocating to Westminster for the show bringing London’s top botanical businesses selling cacti and succulents, terrariums, macramé and even 3D printed pots.
For those looking for the next indoor gardening trend, ‘aquascaping’ expert George Farmer will display an emerging form of underwater gardening. George will also be running workshops where visitors will learn how to create their own submerged miniature landscapes using aquatic plants.
Visitors interested in the more unusual will find a 'UV Garden' filled with glowing blooms and florescent foliage created by garden designer Rob Stacewicz. 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.
Multi-sensory design agency Bompas & Parr has collaborated with the RHS to create a unique visitor experience called ‘Library of Shadows - A Garden of Darkness’. This interactive installation celebrates the lesser-known world of nocturnal pollinators and their importance to our gardens. Visitors will wear night-vision goggles as they walk through a pitch-black garden full of fluttering pollinators, lush foliage and an eerie soundscape.
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.
Mr Plant Geek Michael Perry will bring his ‘Weird and Wacky Plant Show’ to the stage exploring unusual, odd and weird plants. Author Naomi Slade will discover the beauty of Dahlias, and RHS Gold medal winner Juliet Sargeant will present her ‘Tasty Garden Talk’, which explores unusual garden edibles with tasters.
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:
Buy tickets to attend on Sat 27 October and book your place on talks and workshops.
Buy tickets to attend on Sun 28 October and book your place on talks and workshops.
- 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 ‘Cacti and Succulent Cupcakes’.
Valspar, sponsors of the ‘UV Garden’, provided Pantone® Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet to decorate this project. Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and self-expression, giving it the ability to immediately transform any space by adding an element of excitement and wonder.
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