After the recent rain, it was a pleasure on a warm spring day to wander down to the RHS Horticultural Halls for the Royal Horticultural Society’s London Orchid Show and Plant Fair.
The halls were full of wonderful spring plant displays and exotic orchids, however the London shows offer a wide range of entertainment with the best of the horticultural world on display.
With the Chelsea Flower Show only a few weeks away, visitors to this show can listen to some of the award winning designers set to appear at the world-famous show in May. Situated in the Lawrence Hall, names will include multi gold medal winning designer Kate Gould who is creating the ‘The West End Garden’ in the new Space to Grow category. Johnathan Snow, who is making his RHS Chelsea debut and design duo Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge, will also discuss the creative journey behind their garden.
Garden designer, James Alexander-Sinclair has produced a remix of the BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Garden’ which he designed alongside presenter Zoe Ball at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. Recreating a woodland setting, the garden explores the different ranges of sound as sound waves pulse through the garden.
Some of the top nurseries exhibit at the show including Hoyland Plant Centre and The Botanic Nursery with their spring selections.
The Lindley Hall overflows with orchids, with a striking installation of cascading Phalaenopsis created by Paul Malget from La Famille, as well as vivid displays from International and British orchid exhibitors, such as the Orchid Society of Great Britain, Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd and Burnham Nurseries.
Potting demonstrations and workshops will take place throughout the show with talks from orchid specialists Helen Milner; RHS Gold Medal exhibitor and Jon Dunn, author of the new publication ‘Orchid Summer’.
For something slight different, visitors can have a preview of the Orchid Pollinators Virtual Reality Experience which will feature as part of the UK’s largest display of Phalaenopsis orchids set to fill the Great Conservatory at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in June. Visitors have the opportunity to sit amongst the flora and experience the wonder of plants through the eyes of an insect.
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 visitors entertained.
Venue: RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall, SW1P 2QD
RHS Members: £5 Public: £5- £9
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here
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