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Review : RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 16th and 17th February 2016

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It is always a sign that spring is on its way when the RHS open their first London Show of the year,  The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair seeks to inspire the large number of visitors with a number of attractions in both the Lindley and Lawrence Halls.

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A large number of  winter colour and early-flowering plants are on display by leading UK nurseries and growers who are be selling plants and bulbs such as snowdrops and daffodils.

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It is not just flowers on display, carrying on the tradition of previous years there is a large potato display with plenty of different varieties for sale.

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In the Lawrence Hall, a new boutique shopping experience is available,  selling books, tools, outdoor furniture, crafts, plants, gardening accessories and prints.

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For the first time, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, will be previewed at an exclusive exhibition in the Lindley Hall, which includes images and design sketches and items that have inspired gardens featuring in the world’s most famous flower show this May.

Visitors will have the chance to meet and hear from the likes of the internationally acclaimed garden designer Hay Joung Hwang and multi-RHS award winning designers such as Sarah Eberle and Juliet Sargeant through live Q&A sessions held throughout both days of the show.

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The show offers a range of free activities for children and parents. The Southbank Printmakers Association will be teaching potato printing; the Secret Adventurer’s Club will be running drop-in workshops where you can learn how to create your own miniature garden; you can sow vegetable seeds with the Growing Communities Group and  NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arranging Societies) will also host workshops.

There will also be an exhibition of the photographic work by talented schoolchildren taking part in the RHS Young Photographer of the Year competition, as part of the Campaign for School Gardening.

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As usual at the RHS London Shows, there are a series of talks on a number of gardening subjects and RHS experts will be on hand to answer those gardening queries to enable you to get in good shape for the main growing season.

It might have been a freezing cold day, but the bright winter sunshine encouraged a large crowd to attend the first RHS London show of the year. The London Shows  provide plenty of ideas and inspiration for serious or new gardeners, there is plenty of friendly advice from growers and RHS experts and a large number of events to keep the whole family entertained.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets, visit the RHS website here

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