On a bright sunny day, Spring has truly arrived with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) London Spring Plant Extravaganza, featuring the RHS London Orchid Show (1-2 April).
In the Lawrence Hall, there is plenty to cater for the visitors horticulture needs, with a shopping and a marketplace on the top floor and a variety of floral displays from 30 leading nurseries, trade-stands selling a range of gardening products and talks including RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal-winning designer Mary Reynolds who will launch her new book ‘The Garden Awakening’.
Whilst the Lawrence Hall is full of the familiar and popular spring plants, the short trip to Lindley Hall offers the more exotic with The RHS London Orchid Show. This show is one of the highlights of the year with colourful displays from professional growers, including orchid societies and botanical gardens from around the world.
The brightly coloured miniature Dendrobium cutherbertsonii, originating from the high altitude cloud forests of Papua New Guinea, will feature at the show with shades of orange, red, pink and yellow. Its bright cousin, the black orchid Liparis nigra will also be on display, with deep, contrasting red, almost black flowers, traditionally grown in deep shade near streams in Thailand and Vietnam.
Visitors will also be able to find out more about the remarkable history of orchids and attend a full programme of orchid related talks.
It is this variety that is the hallmark of the RHS London shows, the attractive flower displays, the free advice and talks, the opportunity to buy seeds and bulbs from the leading nurseries and all in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere makes the shows very popular.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
RHS Members (on the day): £9
Public (on the day): £12
For more information or to book tickets, visit the RHS website here
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