Londoners Need not be Dormant this Winter

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Still four more RHS London Shows to visit this year for gardening inspiration in the heart of Westminster. • RHS London Harvest Festival Show, 4 – 5 October (Late event 4 October) • RHS London Shades of Autumn Show, 28 – 29 October NEW RHS London Urban Garden Show, 12 – 13 November (Preview party 11 November) NEW RHS London Christmas Show, 17 – 18 December (Late night shopping 16 December)


Banish the onset of the winter blues with seasonal blooms at the remaining four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) London Shows this year.

RHS London Harvest Festival Show
Date: 4 – 5 October 2016 (Late event on 4 October)
Time: Tuesday 4, 10am – 9pm; Wednesday 5, 10am – 5pm; (Tuesday 4: Late event, 6pm – 9pm)
Venue: RHS Lindley Hall, London. Price: £6 in advance (£9 on the day). Late event: £5

Celebrating the arrival of autumn, this two-day show is packed full of seasonal delights including an abundance of prizewinning harvest produce from some of the UK’s best nurseries and growers. Visitors will be able to sample tasty seasonal food from local artisan producers, take part in hands-on workshops and quiz the RHS Gardening Advice team with all their gardening queries.

Not to be missed are the enormous entries into the popular Heaviest Pumpkin Competition. Last year’s winner weighed just over half a tonne, which is nearly as heavy as two Shetland ponies. Among the multitude of harvest produce on show, RHS Gold medal-winning nursery Pennard Plants will create a fun and inventive display featuring vegetable chandeliers.

In celebration of the UK’s apple season, visitors can bring their own apples along for identification and taste and purchase a number of cultivars from the orchard at RHS Garden Wisley.

A packed programme of talks will take place throughout the show focusing on what people can make with their produce, from fruity cocktails to cooking with chillies.

The show is open until 9pm on Tuesday 4 October for those who cannot make the show during the day. Visitors can spend the evening among the vegetables, sipping on botanical cocktails and ales, and enjoying live music from the acclaimed folk musician Robin Grey.

For more information on RHS London Shows or to buy advance tickets please visit:

RHS London Shades of Autumn Show
28 – 29 October 2016
Time: Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 5pm
Venue: RHS Lindley Hall and RHS Lawrence Hall, London. Price: £6 in advance (£9 on the day).

Sprawling across 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. Packed full of inspirational planting ideas to extend the gardening season, there will be magnificent 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.

For more information on RHS London Shows or to buy advance tickets please visit:

NEW RHS London Urban Garden Show
12 – 13 November 2016 (Preview Party, 11 November)
Time: 10am – 5pm (Preview Party 6pm – 10pm)
Venue: RHS Lindley Hall, London. Price: £6 in advance (£9 on the day). Preview Party: £5

Having a garden comes at a premium in any city, however a lack of private outdoor space need not prevent urbanites from growing their own plants and produce. This new addition to the RHS London Show calendar will highlight the gardening possibilities available to those with limited green space, whether it be plants for the home or for the smallest of outdoor spaces.

The RHS is delighted to be joining forces with Cityscapes* to deliver an urban garden festival where visitors can browse and buy plants for indoors, small gardens, balconies, windowsills and containers.

On entering the show visitors will be immersed in a tropical paradise with an array of species suitable for indoor use such as ivies, palms and ferns. A second inspirational installation will feature popular dry plants such as cacti and succulents, which are easy to keep and need little maintenance.

A number of florists from East London will be joined at the show by a host of nurseries and independent businesses selling a wide range of plants and urban gardening products, providing inspiration and highlighting new trends in horticulture and technology.

House plants are currently enjoying a renaissance, and informal advice clinics will provide amateur and professional gardeners with everything they need to know about urban gardening and house plants. There will be talks by top speakers on a range of topics including city growing, social media and gardening, urban agriculture, indoor plants, RHS Greening Grey Britain and current gardening trends.

Living walls are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas both indoors and out. Treebox, one of the UK’s leading living-wall designers and suppliers, will be at the show displaying the versatility of this growing urban greening trend.

Visitors can get stuck in to a variety of hands-on workshops ranging from floristry to the increasingly popular art of kokedama and terrariums.

A preview party will be held on the evening of Friday 11 November. As well as giving Londoners the chance to enjoy all that the show has to offer, there will be DJs, a choice of botanical cocktails and handcrafted beer from one of London’s newest breweries, Brixton Brewery. Pop-up vegan food vendors will also be on hand serving up culinary treats throughout the show.

For more information on RHS London Shows or to buy advance tickets please visit:

NEW RHS London Christmas Show
17 – 18 December 2016 (Late-night shopping Friday 16 December)
Time: 10am – 5pm (Late shopping 6 – 9pm)
Venue: RHS Lawrence Hall. Price: £6 in advance (£9 on the day). Late event: £5

The final RHS Flower Show of the year is the new RHS London Christmas Show. Held on the weekend before Christmas, it is the perfect place to complete any last-minute Christmas shopping with a whole host of nurseries alongside artisan craft and food producers, selling plants and gifts for the avid gardener and lovers of quality. Creative workshops will run throughout the weekend for those wanting a gift with a more personal touch.

To help get visitors into the Christmas spirit, a family of reindeer will land at the show before dashing off to prepare for their official festive duties.

A late-night shopping event complete with mulled wine, mince pies and festive music will be held on Friday 16 December, 6 – 9pm.

For more information or to buy advance tickets please visit


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Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Hattie Sherwood in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3044 or email

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Members’ and public tickets are available on the door, but can also be booked in advance. Advance bookings close the night before the show.

Public tickets booked in advance are subject to a dispatch fee. There is no fee for RHS members.

RHS London Show tickets
RHS members: free (except for RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza)
Public (in advance): £6 in advance
Public (on the day): £9 on the day
Late events: £5

Location: RHS London Shows are held in the RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD

About Cityscapes – Co-curator of the RHS London Urban Garden Show
Cityscapes brings new dynamic approaches to the way the urban environment is designed, managed and inhabited by creating innovative temporary and permanent parks, gardens and installations that are surprising, thought provoking, accessible and inclusive. Embracing a cross-disciplinary collaborative approach, Cityscapes transforms neglected and underused spaces into places, bringing together people and plants in ways that command attention, encourage investigation and facilitate engagement.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit  

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