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Review: RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 6th to 7th April 2018

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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Review : RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 14th and 15th February 2017

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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 were 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 halls, there are plenty of shopping opportunities available, with stalls selling books, tools, outdoor furniture, crafts, plants, gardening accessories and prints.

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Designs for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 are previewed at an exclusive exhibition in the Lindley Hall, which includes images, design sketches and items that have inspired gardens and some of the designers were attending answering questions.

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As usual the standard of the displays are very high and you can notice the occasional Gold Medal awarded by the RHS amongst the plants.

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Perhaps as a reference to Valentine’s Day , above the hall hung a stunning floral installation of an anatomical heart, created by RHS Floral Artist in Residence Fiona Haser Bizony from flowers grown on her own farm near Bath. For those with large gardens, a large variety of pots were available.

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One of the most popular aspects of the RHS London Shows is series of talks on a number of gardening subjects and RHS experts are always on hand to answer those gardening queries to enable you to get in good shape for the main growing season.

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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 visitors entertained.

Our Video review available here

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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Review : RHS London Shades of Autumn Show in the RHS Horticultural Halls – 23rd to 24th October 2015

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The RHS London shows  provide plenty of horticultural delight all through the year with a series of themed events, the latest is the  2015 RHS London Shades of Autumn Show which is an art and design show  that celebrates the beauty of autumn colour.

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The show features a number of exhibits and displays, however the  Royal Horticultural Society also use the shows to keep the public informed of a number of projects. Lindley Hall  features a section on the proposed  The Garden Bridge Project and allows you to digitally experience walking across the bridge. There is also  3D models of the RHS new investment projects at RHS Gardens Wisley and Hyde Hall.

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Within the two halls you will find  The Shades of Autumn ornamental competition, Photography exhibits, Judged displays,  horticultural art installations from the Royal College of Arts, kokedama and terrarium workshops by Petersham Nurseries and  florist Helen Cranmer who has made a special arrangement for the hall.

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If the wonderful displays give you inspiration to put your gardening gloves on there is plenty of  opportunities to buy plants, gardening accessories and sundries. For the creative minded there will be some Flower arranging workshops.

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Another aspect of the London shows is that RHS and the exhibitors are always happy to give advice on your gardening problems, the RHS run their own gardening helpdesk. For those with specific interests, there is a series of talks by experts in their field.

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The London shows offer a great value for money and will appeal to anyone with an interest in horticulture. There is a number of food and drink options within the halls and plenty of stalls for those looking for those special gifts.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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

RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, 23–24 October 2015

Opening times

The show is held in the RHS Horticultural Halls, between 10am–5pm (23 October) and 10am–5pm (24 October).

RHS London Show tickets

RHS Members: free
( RHS Members get free entry to all RHS London Shows apart from the European Orchid Show and Conference)

Public: £5 in advance; £8 on the day

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Review : RHS London Harvest Festival Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 6th to 7th October 2015

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On a cold wet grey day, it was a pleasure to attend the RHS London Harvest Festival Show. The RHS run a series of London shows throughout the year and always offer plenty of ideas and inspiration for visitors.

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The RHS London Harvest Festival Show concentrates on mainly fruit and vegetables with plenty of traditional harvest festival fare. Many of the tables were decked out with a wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables which formed part of the RHS Fruit & Vegetable Competitions. The competition is keen and top class produce is entered for the prestigious prizes. One of the largest prizes ( £1000) is for the heaviest pumpkin competition and a number of monster pumpkins are on show.

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But the show is not just about competitions, there are a series of events to entertain the visitors.

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Some of the highlights include:

The Two Thirsty Gardeners, demonstrating how to make homebrew cider
The opportunity to sample a range of delicious apples sourced from RHS Garden Wisley

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Expert advice from the RHS advisory team
Seasonal displays from Pennard Plants and RV Roger

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Produce to buy from a range of exhibitors
Drink seasonal fruit cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary. Book in advance and get your ticket and a cocktail for only £10!

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The RHS London Harvest Late, which will take place on 6 October, features fun with fruit and vegetables including brewing & foraging, pumpkin carving, along with music and a host of natural food and drink from organic producers to taste and try.

If you feel that you need a gardening boost before winter sets in, the RHS London Harvest Festival Show is a great value for money event.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

RHS London Harvest Festival Show and Harvest Late, 6–7 October 2015

Opening times

The show is held in the RHS Lindley Halls, between 10am–9pm (6 October) and 10am–5pm (7 October). RHS London Harvest Late is on between 6pm–9pm (6 October).

RHS London Show tickets

RHS Members: free
(NB: RHS Members get free entry to all RHS London Shows apart from the European Orchid Show and Conference)

Public: £5 in advance; £8 on the day

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

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RHS London Shades of Autumn Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 23rd and 24th October 2015

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The RHS London shows cover a wide range of horticultural delights usually around a particular theme.

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The 2015 RHS London Shades of Autumn Show is an art and design show celebrating the beauty of autumn colour. The show will be packed full of planting ideas to extend the gardening season, with stands providing advice on plants ideal for time of the year.

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Some of the highlights in the Lawrence Hall include :

The Shades of Autumn ornamental competition
Photography exhibits
Judged displays
The opportunity to buy plants, gardening accessories and sundries
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Flower arranging workshops
Gardening advice

Lindley Hall will feature The Garden Bridge Project, a display of the best hanging chairs for the garden, horticultural art installations from the Royal College of Arts, kokedama and terrarium workshops by Petersham Nurseries and 3D models of our new investment projects at RHS Gardens Wisley and Hyde Hall. Florist Helen Cranmer will also be making a special arrangement for the hall.

RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, 23–24 October 2015

Opening times

The show is held in the RHS Horticultural Halls, between 10am–5pm (23 October) and 10am–5pm (24 October).

RHS London shows are held in the RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD

RHS London Show tickets

RHS Members: free
(NB: RHS Members get free entry to all RHS London Shows apart from the European Orchid Show and Conference)

Public: £5 in advance; £8 on the day

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

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Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
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RHS London Harvest Festival Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 6th to 7th October 2015

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The RHS London shows offer a wide range of  horticultural delights often created around a particular theme. the RHS London Harvest Festival Show features ideas and inspiration on late summer gardening and growing fruit and vegetables. The show offers plenty of  traditional harvest festival fare with some interesting food options.

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Some of the highlights include:

The Two Thirsty Gardeners, demonstrating how to make homebrew cider
The opportunity to sample a range of delicious apples sourced from RHS Garden Wisley
Expert advice from the RHS advisory team
Seasonal displays from Pennard Plants and RV Roger
Produce to buy from a range of exhibitors
Drink seasonal fruit cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary. Book in advance and get your ticket and a cocktail for only £10!

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To brighten up the cold autumn nights you can visit the RHS London Harvest Late, which will take place on 6 October, featuring fun with fruit and vegetables including brewing & foraging, pumpkin carving, along with music and a host of natural food and drink from organic producers to taste and try.

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Some of the best nurseries, growers and independent food producers in the UK will exhibit their produce in the RHS Fruit & Vegetable Competitions.

The competitions are free to enter, open to everyone and you could be in with a chance to win cups and prize money. The 1st prize for the heaviest pumpkin competition this year was £1,000.

RHS London Harvest Festival Show and Harvest Late, 6–7 October 2015

Opening times

The show is held in the RHS Lindley Halls, between 10am–9pm (6 October) and 10am–5pm (7 October). RHS London Harvest Late is on between 6pm–9pm (6 October).

RHS London Show tickets

RHS Members: free
(NB: RHS Members get free entry to all RHS London Shows apart from the European Orchid Show and Conference)

Public: £5 in advance; £8 on the day

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

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Review : RHS London Rose Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 29th to 30th May 2015

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Venue: RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2QW

After the excitement and crowds of the Chelsea Flower Show last week, the RHS in their latest London show,  celebrates one of England’s favourite flower at the RHS London Rose Show . Around the hall is a number of wonderful displays by specialist rose growers and florists. As well as the displays, visitors can gain expert advice and tips on how to grow and take care of roses, and learn about the many different varieties.

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Like many of the RHS London shows, the displays are just part of fun, in this event there will be  a  wide range of plants and rose-related products for sale on the day and a chance to sample different rose-based food and drink.

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In the middle of the hall is a display called Naivasha about the Kenyan Rose growing industry which produces up to 120,000 tons of fresh flowers every year and produces 50% of all roses grown in Africa. Many people may be unaware of the scale of the Kenyan operation due to the fact that the flowers are often bought and sold through Dutch flower auctions.

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There is a welcome back to the Horticultural Halls to Japanese botanical artist, Mayumi Ishii who won a silver medal at the RHS Botanical Art Show early in the year. Her wonderful display of Roses  artwork illustrated the incredible attention to detail that Japanese botanical artists in particular are famous for.

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Other artists works of art depicting many people’s favourite flower are on show in the hall with many pictures available to purchase.

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The show although based around the Rose has plenty of variety with a wide range of plants and rose-related products for sale, if you want to find out more about roses you can talk to the experts and attend a programme of talks on the subject.

The show is held in the RHS Horticultural Halls on the 29th to 30th May 2015 , between 10am–5pm both days.

RHS London Show tickets

RHS Members: free
Public: £5 in advance; £8 on the day

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here

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RHS London Rose Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 29th to 30th May 2015

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Venue: RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2QW

In their latest London show, the RHS celebrates one of England’s favourite flower with wonderful displays by specialist rose growers and florists. As well as  stunning rose displays, visitors can gain expert advice and tips on how to grow and take care of roses, and learn about the many different varieties.

Like many of the RHS London shows, the displays are just part of fun, in this event there will be  a  wide range of plants and rose-related products for sale on the day and a chance to sample different rose-based food and drink. While there visitors can also enjoy works of art depicting many people’s favourite flower in all its glory, along with a programme of talks by experts.

The show is held in the RHS Horticultural Halls on the 29th to 30th May 2015 , between 10am–5pm both days.

To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here

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Review : RHS Great London Plant Fair at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 14 to 15 April 2015

DSCN2508  Venue: RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2QW

After the exotic orchid show last week , the RHS London shows introduces the more familiar but no less colourful spring flowers. On a beautiful warm London day, plenty of people made their way to  The RHS Great London Plant Fair in the RHS Horticultural Halls.

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The show offers a wonderful display of spring flowers with a wide selection of plants available from some of the top nurseries. Many of the visitors  were stocking up on plants and  getting tips and advice from the full programme of talks on spring flowers, given by the growers themselves.

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The theme of the show this year is English Gardens, with a focus on innovative front gardens, and the RHS Lindley Hall  features a display of front gardens, each showing  how to use your garden space creatively.

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The RHS  is  presenting Cultivation and Creativity, a show from the Bankside Gallery which will feature works depicting the four RHS Gardens as seen by Royal Watercolour Society artists.

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The Halls have almost everything for the budding gardeners with a wide range of stalls  and knowledgeable growers who are always ready to offer advice on your garden. RHS experts are also on hand to answer your questions on anything horticultural.

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If your mind is on rest and relaxation rather than weeding, to get you ready for the warm summer evenings,  RHS Spring Fair Late which will take place on Tuesday 14 April – visitors are invited to attend an elegant English Garden Party, complete with classical music, lawns & bunting, Pimms, and cucumber sandwiches. It will also remain open in the evening for late night shopping.

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Opening times

The show is held in the RHS Horticultural Halls, between 10am–9pm (14 April) and 10am–5pm (15 April). RHS Spring Fair Late is on between 6pm–9pm (14 April)

To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here

 National Gardening Week 2015

National Gardening Week is on between the 13 – 19 April and the first ever National Open Gardens Day: 17 April 2015

National Gardening Week was launched four years ago by the RHS and since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved. Events and activities are being run up and down the country. From beginner’s workshops to guided walks, face painting to garden parties, there’s something for everyone.

National Open Gardens Day: 17 April

Gardens are one of the greatest things about the UK and this year, the RHS is launching the first ever National Open Gardens Day on 17 April to celebrate our wonderful array of gardens. This year, National Gardening Week  asked gardens that normally charge for entry or are closed to the public on 17 April, to join us and open their doors for free. The RHS  want to give as many people as possible the chance to visit them and find out for themselves what makes gardens so special.

The RHS is kick-starting the campaign and has committed to opening its four wonderful gardens – Wisley in Surrey, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire – on 17 April. Many of the RHS Partner Gardens, National Gardens Scheme gardens and lots more have joined the campaign and will be throwing their doors open for free as well.

To find out more about the various events, visit the National Gardening Week website here

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RHS Great London Plant Fair at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 14 to 15 April 2015

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Venue: RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2QW

Now that spring has officially arrived, it is time to enjoy the blooming plants and flowers that add some vibrant colour to even the greyest of London days.

To  celebrate the arrival of spring,  the RHS Great London Plant Fair in RHS Horticultural Halls offers a wonderful display of spring flowers with a wide selection of plants available from some of the top nurseries. Visitors can get their gardens in shape by stocking up on plants and take home tips and advice from the full programme of talks on spring flowers, given by the growers themselves. The theme of the show this year is English Gardens, with a focus on innovative front gardens, and the RHS Lindley Hall will feature a display of front gardens, each showing  how to use your garden space creatively.

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The RHS  will also be presenting Cultivation and Creativity, a show from the Bankside Gallery which will feature works depicting the four RHS Gardens as seen by Royal Watercolour Society artists. Works will reflect the changing seasons and the life of the gardens, and the exhibition will show a diverse range of artistic interpretations.

To really get you in the mood for the warm summer evenings, why not attend the RHS Spring Fair Late which will take place on Tuesday 14 April – visitors are invited to attend an elegant English Garden Party, complete with classical music, lawns & bunting, Pimms, and cucumber sandwiches. It will also remain open in the evening for late night shopping.

Opening times

The show is held in the RHS Horticultural Halls, between 10am–9pm (14 April) and 10am–5pm (15 April). RHS Spring Fair Late is on between 6pm–9pm (14 April)

To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here

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