Thursday 27 August 2015
• RHS London Harvest Festival Show returns to the heart of the city from 6 – 7 October
• Monster fruits in the RHS Heaviest Pumpkin Competition hope to reach record weights
• See, taste and buy fresh autumnal produce from some of the UK’s leading nurseries, growers and independent food producers
•RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, is back from 23 – 24 October
• Packed full of inspirational planting ideas to extend the gardening season, with gorgeous autumnal plant displays, and opportunities to buy plants and gardening sundries from the UK’s top specialist nurseries
RHS London Harvest Festival Show, 6 – 7 October 2015
Lindley Hall, Greycoat Street, Westminster SW1P 2PE
Just as the leaves begin to turn, the annual celebration of seasonal bounty that is the RHS London Harvest Festival Show returns to the heart of the city from 6–7 October, celebrating the abundance of produce that the autumn harvest brings.
Visitors have the chance to see, taste and buy fresh autumnal produce from some of the UK’s leading nurseries, growers and independent food producers. Among the range of colourful fruit and vegetables on show will be the astonishing entrants in the RHS Heaviest Pumpkin Competition, with professional and amateur growers competing for the top prize of £1,000.
This year the show has a special focus on one of Britain’s favourite fruits, the apple. The Two Thirsty Gardeners (Richard Hood and Nick Moyle) will be on hand to demonstrate how to make homebrewed cider with recipes from their new book Brew it Yourself, which will be available to buy at the show. As well as sampling the cider, visitors will be able to taste and purchase a range of delicious apple cultivars from RHS Garden Wisley and gain expert advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team.
Seasonal displays from Pennard Plants and RV Roger offer ideas and inspiration on late-summer gardening; visitors can try their hand at finding the perfect chilli with Sea Spring Seeds; and gourmet gardeners will be able to taste and stock up on garlic and other produce available from a range of exhibitors including The Garlic Farm.
On 6 October, the show stays open until 9pm when there will be additional pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, seasonal fruit cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary, food and live music – giving Londoners unable to attend the show during the day the opportunity to celebrate the harvest season in style.
RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, 23 – 24 October 2015
Lindley Hall and Lawrence Hall, Greycoat Street, Westminster, SW1P 2PE
Spread through both the Lawrence and Lindley Halls, the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show has an art and design feel, celebrating the beauty of autumn colour. It will be packed full of inspirational planting ideas to extend the gardening season, with sensational autumnal plant displays and opportunities to buy from the UK’s top specialist nurseries, including a wide range of spring bulbs, garden accessories and art.
Innovative ‘hanging’ displays in the Lawrence Hall will inspire visitors to look at new ways of displaying plants, both inside and outside the home. Petersham Nurseries will be holding Kokedama workshops – a Japanese planting technique (kokedama translates as ‘moss ball’) which is becoming a popular trend among city dwellers looking to display their house plants in a new fun and creative way.
In keeping with the hanging theme this year, some of the UKs top nurseries will also be displaying their best plants in original ways, complemented further by a fantastic display of cutting-edge hanging garden seating.
The show will also feature an exclusive exhibit on the Garden Bridge Project, giving visitors the chance to learn more about the project’s development.
The Shades of Autumn Competition, which is open to all amateur growers, will present the pick of seasonal foliage and flowers from growers around the UK. Adding to this colour and creativity will be horticultural art installations from the Royal College of Art and the RHS-judged Plant and Garden Photography exhibit.
Expert talks from nurseries on seasonal topics will also take place throughout the show, including an insightful talk by Cassie Liversidge, author of Homegrown Tea, and plant expert, presenter and RHS speaker Michael Perry.
Tickets are available to buy in advance (www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events) or on the door.