After the excitement of the recent RHS Chelsea Show, it was time for a more sedate experience with the opening of the RHS London Rose Show in RHS Lawrence Hall. The show runs from the 3rd to 4th June 2016 and celebrates England’s favourite flower and features specialist rose growers and florists.
This year, TV gardener and rose enthusiast Rachel de Thame will be co-curating the show and will be present throughout the show to share her passion for roses to visitors.
Some of the highlights of the show include :
The chance to buy roses and gain advice from the experts who breed and grow them, including: Harkness Roses, which has been growing roses for more 125 years and Peter Beales Roses, which has been awarded 22 RHS Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The rare first edition of Redouté’s Les Roses, published in 1819 and now housed in the RHS Lindley Library will be on display. Pierre-Joseph Redouté, from the Netherlands, has been called the greatest botanical illustrator of all time and was nicknamed “the Raphael of flowers”.
The Chelsea School of Botanical Art will run a pop-up classroom with demonstrations of botanical painting techniques for those inspired by Redouté’s work.
RHS historian Brent Elliott’s newly published book The Rose: The history of the world’s favourite flower in 40 roses will be available to purchase at the show. He will be giving a talk on the book on both days, and signing copies.
Floral design workshops with Helen Cramner throughout the day, where you can take away your own pretty, seasonal, table floral arrangement. Workshops cost £15 and are taking place at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm and 3.45pm
Exclusive Lindley Library tours, including a curated tour with the RHS Head of Exhibitions of our temporary exhibition on roses, as well as viewing and learning about other rose related treasures from our library archives. These tours will take place at 11.15am and 2.15pm, and will meet in the Show before embarking.
With Lawrence Hall filled with the colour and fragrance of roses, there are a number of attractive rose displays to enjoy. If you would like to find out more about roses, there will be plenty of gardening experts available to give advice and tips on how to grow and take care of roses, and learn about different varieties.
Like many of the RHS London shows , The 2016 RHS London Rose Show offers lots of opportunity over the two days to buy top quality plants and get advice from the experts. In addition, there is a great line-up of expert speakers, floristry and flower arranging demonstrations and workshops, tools, products and much more.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
2016 RHS London Rose Show – 3rd to 4th June 2016
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: RHS Lawrence Hall, London
RHS Members : Free
Public (in advance): £6
Public (at the door): £9
For more information or to book tickets, visit the RHS website here
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