Friday 19 December 2014
Bringing Art, Inspiration & Horticulture to the City
Throughout 2015 the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will host 14 independent shows, bringing gardening, spectacular floral displays and seasonal produce to the heart of London.
20 - 21 February – RHS London Plant and Potato Fair
The first of the year’s London shows will offer a wealth of early spring plants, advice and inspiration to kick start the new gardening year. Visitors to the show will be able to buy produce and gain inspiration from some of the UK’s best nurserymen and growers. The show will also celebrate the potato, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the many different varieties, browse and choose from a number of seed potatoes and onion sets available to buy, sample potato based produce and take part in a number of potato based crafts and activities.
27 - 28 February – RHS London Botanical Art Show
A new RHS London show for 2015 celebrating beautiful unseen artwork by some of the world’s finest botanical artists all hoping to be awarded a coveted gold medal. Visitors inspired by the botanical art on display will be able to take their interest even further by browsing the ‘botanical art fair’ of demonstrations by award winning artists Julia Trickey and Susan Christopher-Coulson, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about their processes and gain tips and advice. The Chelsea School of Botanical Art will also be running taster sessions for those who want to have a go themselves at the show.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy a variety of art products and talk to representatives from botanic gardens, florilegia societies, and botanical art and illustration societies about their work and courses.
14 - 15 April – RHS Great London Plant Fair
This show is a vibrant celebration of spring with nurseries and trade stands bursting with colour, plants and flowers for sale. Visitors can stock up on plants and take home tips and advice from a full programme of talks on spring flowers given by the growers themselves. The theme of the show will be English Gardens. There will also be an exhibition of paintings of RHS Gardens, presented in partnership with Bankside gallery and a display focusing on front gardens and how diverse they can be.
The RHS Spring Fair Late will take place on Tuesday 14 April; visitors are invited to attend an elegant English Garden Party complete with a lawn, Pimms and cucumber sandwiches.
9 -12 April – European Orchid Show and Conference
The RHS is delighted to be hosting the European celebration of orchids. Exhibitors from around the world will fill the RHS Horticultural Halls with a variety of unusual, exotic and more familiar orchids, some of which will be available to buy. As well as enjoying the world-class displays, visitors will be able to attend a range of talks and browse orchid inspired artwork and books.
8 April – Preview evening –a chance to experience the show after hours, with live entertainment, wine and canapés.
26 April - RHS London Alpine Garden Show
Developed with the Alpine Garden Society this show is a rare opportunity to see a stunning collection of alpine plants. Visitors will have the opportunity to gain expert advice from alpine growers, watch hands-on demonstrations and browse and buy from alpine nurseries and suppliers. This year there will be a focus on mountains and plant hunting with talks throughout the day, specialist books on sale and a photography exhibition.
29 - 30 May – RHS London Rose Show
A new RHS show for 2015 celebrating one of England’s favourite flowers.
Visitors can see a wide range of beautiful roses on display and gain advice on growing and caring for roses. A variety of rose-related products will also be available to buy.
6 - 7 October – RHS London Harvest Festival Show and Harvest Festival Late
This popular festival is a celebration of all things autumn. The show is a foodie feast where visitors can see, taste and buy seasonal produce from some of the UK’s best nurseries, growers and independent food producers as they come together to celebrate all things autumnal. The ever popular Harvest Festival Late will return on the evening of the 6 October, celebrating all that is fun during harvest including prize winning fruit and vegetables, seasonal food and drink and music.
23 - 24 October – RHS London Shades of Autumn Show
An art and design show celebrating the beauty of autumn colour. The show will be packed full of inspirational planting ideas to extend the gardening season, with stands providing advice on plants ideal for autumn interest. The show also features the Shades of Autumn ornamental competition, photography exhibits and a one-of a kind installation by CityScapes telling the story of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 from planning and the build-up to show-time and break down through behind-the-scenes films, exhibitor stories, short animations, photographs and visitor sound bites.
RHS Secret Garden Sundays - 1 March, 7 June, 1 November at RHS Lindley Hall. On 10 May the show will be located at Blackheath Farmers Market London and 20 September at Marylebone Farmers Market.
Combining local, independent food producers with everything gardeners need to know about ‘grow your own’. RHS Secret Garden Sundays aim to get Londoners growing, eating and celebrating the best of seasonal British produce throughout 2015. All Secret Garden Sundays feature talks, workshops and gardening experts, providing a wealth of advice. Local and seasonal food and drink will also be available to taste and buy. Each Secret Garden Sunday offers a new and exciting theme including a special festive ‘frost fair’ in November.
This year, in collaboration with London Farmers’ Markets (LFM) we are taking two of the RHS London Secret Garden Sunday shows on the road, and into the heart of London at the very popular outdoor LFM markets in Blackheath and Marylebone.
For more information and to book tickets please visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events
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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. 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.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.
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