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Review : RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 29th to 30th March 2017

It may have been a grey morning, however walking into the RHS Lindley and Lawrence Halls, there was plenty of evidence that spring had finally arrived.

The RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show provide an interesting mix of fresh spring plants and exotic orchid displays.

Lindley Hall hosts the prestigious Orchid Show with a collection of orchid exhibitors from overseas and the UK which include British orchid growers Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd and Burnham Nurseries. For visitors who want to find out more about growing Orchids there is plenty of advice and a series of dedicated talks programme on Orchids.

In Lawrence Hall, the focus is on the finest Spring plants, including new exhibitors Summerdale Garden Nursery and The Tiny Plant Co. The show includes a wide range of tradestands, with new exhibitors to London Shows such as Garden Brocante (horticultural antiques) along with new nurseries including The Tiny Plant Co, English Iris Company and Summerdale Garden Nursery as well as a full talks programme around spring plants.

Other Highlights of the Show include :

Young Designer of the Year 2017 Finalists will be designing a Pocket Park within the Show to tie in with our Greening Grey Britain Campaign

RHS London Floral Artist in Residence Fiona Haser Bizony will be creating a magnificent hanging floral wave using flowers from her flower farm near Bath.

The RHS Lindley Library will be hosting daily afternoon tours featuring of our latest exhibition ‘Potted’, as well as a Spring Showcase that will feature a collection of seasonal images from RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Floral Spring Wreath Workshops with Helen Cranmer will be available to join for £15 on both days at 11:30am and 2:30pm.

A full programme of Spring Plant and Orchid Talks will be available throughout the Show featuring high-profile speakers such as Pippa Greenwood and Noel Kingsbury. The talks take place throughout both days in both the Lindley and the Lawrence Hall.

As part of the RHS’ commitment to grow the next generation of gardeners, from 2017, shows held in both RHS Halls (such as the RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show), will have a small entry charge for members (£5) and the public (£6 advance, £9 on the day). Shows held in one hall only will be free to RHS members and the public (the Late event will be £5 in advance and on the day for both members and the public).

Funds from ticket sales will go towards helping to pay for RHS Apprentices, to kick-start and enable young people’s careers in horticulture.

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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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Lindley Library Displays 2017

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Lindley Library is a treasure-trove of the history of gardening, with books, prints and botanical art from the 16th century to the present day. In 2017 the library will be staging a full programme of displays, revealing many artworks and manuscripts from its historic collections that have never been seen in public.

The forthcoming displays will include floral paintings by the 19th century flower painter Caroline Maria Applebee, key houseplants in pots designed by students at Central St

Pigments and Petals

11 January – 10 March

RHS Lindley Library, Vincent Square, London, admission free

 Caroline Maria Applebee was a 19th century flower painter from Colchester, Essex, about whom little is known. Between 1808 to1852 she painted 300 beautiful watercolour drawings of both native and exotic flowers such as pelargoniums and dahlias, which were purchased in three albums by the Royal Horticultural Society in the early 20th century. Her work spans 40 years when this leisure pastime was at the height of its popularity. The many artworks she produced cast light on the floral world that was available to artists at the time whilst keeping Caroline’s own life tantalisingly shrouded in mystery. Several of her most beautiful works will be on display, from primulas and fuchsias to strawberries and irises.

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Potted

16 March – 20 May

RHS Lindley Library, Vincent Square, London, admission free

To celebrate the houseplant, ceramics students from Central St Martins are designing pots for a range of key houseplants, responding to the aesthetics of the plant, its history and origins and its cultivation needs. The resulting display will include a selection of their pots and an outline of the students’ creative processes, and will showcase key houseplants that have been significant in their relatively recent history, telling the story of their first introduction to the country and the characteristics that make them popular and ideally suited to survive indoors.

Apples Through Time

21 August – 27 October

RHS Lindley Library, Vincent Square, London, admission free

To accompany the planting of a new orchard of heritage Devon apples at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, this display showcases the history of apples, from its first known cultivation in the Tien Shan mountain range in Kazakhstan to the present day. It will look at the many myths and legends surrounding apples, and how they have been used as a tool for social change by people from Puritans to modern-day Guerrilla gardeners. It will include apple growing manuals from the 1500s onwards, as well as the beautiful apple portraits of William Hooker, commissioned by the RHS from 1814-1836.

 RHS Lindley Library

The RHS Lindley Library’s headquarters are at Vincent Square, London was founded in the early 19th century, it holds unique collections of early printed books on gardening, botanical art and photographs, as well as the archives of the RHS and of notable gardeners and garden designers. It includes 80,000 books, with a rare books collection dating back to 1514; about 30,000 original botanical illustrations and oil portraits, including the world’s finest collection of orchid portraits; and approximately 200,000 photographs.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Library website here

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Review : RHS London Rose Show in RHS Lawrence Hall – 3rd to 4th June 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Ticket Prices

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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Review : RHS London Botanical Art Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 27th to 28 February 2015

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

In the second of the RHS London shows, a series of  beautiful paintings by some of the world’s finest botanical artists will be on display at the RHS Horticultural Halls  from 27–28 February 2015.
In its sixth year, the show celebrates the beauty, technical artistry and scientific importance of botanical art. There is also an element of competition with artists from Thailand, Japan, Australia and Turkey joining British artists, all hoping to win a coveted Gold Medal. There are works in graphite, watercolour and pencil, gouache and acrylic, with subjects ranging from trees and fruit to vegetables and wild plants.

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At first glance, it seems strange that in the 21st century, botanical art is not just holding it own but flourishing. Whilst many people may associate botanical art  with the voyages of discovery in the 18th and 19th century, its history goes back into antiquity. During the Renaissance, artist such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer produced high quality botanical prints and in the 16th and 17th century the prints became an important part of the scientific revolution.

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In the 19th and 20th centuries, botanical art prints became attractive as decorative pieces in their own right and became endlessly reproduced on a wide variety of materials.

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Hideo Horikoshi Gold Medal winner

Before the show opened the judging took place and it proved to be a successful event for the Japanese exhibitors who took four of the six gold medals awarded. Gold medal winners were Masako Mori, Hideo Horikoshi, Kumiko Takano, Kimiyo Maruyama, Gulnar Eski  from Turkey and  Kathy Pickles from London.

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Kumiko Takano, Gold Medal winner

Visitors cannot fail to be impressed with the standard of the works and it soon becomes clear that botanical art is not necessarily the exact reproduction of the plant or flower.

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Gulnar Eski  , Gold Medal winner

The finished painting is often a composite of many elements that allows the artist to show their creativity. It is this creativity that allows an attention to details that would get lost in a photograph.

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Masako Mori, Gold Medal winner

There is an opportunity for visitors to talk to the artists about their work and in some cases, purchase works and prints directly from the artist.

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Kimiyo Maruyama, Gold Medal winner

If you are inspired by the botanical art on display you can watch demonstrations by award-winning artists Julia Trickey and Susan Christopher-Coulson, Print-maker Hannah McVicar will be demonstrating her craft, and will be creating a unique print for sale at the show, and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art will also be running taster sessions for those who want to have a go themselves.

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There will also be the opportunity for visitors to buy a variety of art products and talk to representatives from florilegia societies and botanical art and illustration societies about their work and courses.

Special tours of the RHS Lindley Library will allow visitors to view works recently added to the impressive RHS collections and browse a special pop-up library.

The show will be of particular interest to those interested in botanical art , however it is of a more general interest, the quality of the art work is very impressive and there are plenty of side attractions if you fancy having a go yourself. It may also be of interest to those who would like to pick up a piece of original botanical art for decorative purposes.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

 Tickets:

Non-members tickets: £5

RHS members: free (with valid membership card)

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

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RHS London Botanical Art Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 27th to 28 February 2015

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

A series of  beautiful paintings by some of the world’s finest botanical artists will be on display at the RHS Botanical Art Show from 27–28 February 2015.

Now in its sixth year, the show celebrates the beauty, technical artistry and scientific importance of botanical art.

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The show features work by first-time exhibitors and experienced artists from countries as far away as Thailand, Japan and Australia, all hoping to win a coveted Gold Medal. There will be works in graphite, watercolour and pencil, gouache and acrylic, with subjects ranging from trees and fruit to vegetables and wild plants. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to talk to the artists about their work and get tips and advice.

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Visitors inspired by the botanical art on display will be able to take their interest even further by browsing the ‘botanical art fair’ where there will be demonstrations by award-winning artists Julia Trickey and Susan Christopher-Coulson, giving an insight into painting processes. Print-maker Hannah McVicar will be demonstrating her craft, and will be creating a unique print for sale at the show, and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art will also be running taster sessions for those who want to have a go themselves.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to buy a variety of art products and talk to representatives from florilegia societies and botanical art and illustration societies about their work and courses.

Special tours of the RHS Lindley Library will allow visitors to view works recently added to the impressive RHS collections and browse a special pop-up library to broaden their horticultural knowledge.

Tickets:

Non-members tickets: £5

RHS members: free (with valid membership card)

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

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