RHS London Urban Garden Show

Friday 4 November 2016

Brand New Garden Show for Urbanites Looking to Green up their Homes

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 contemporary 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 Londoners 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 trendy East London including Prick (London’s first cactus boutique), Grace and Thorn and Ro Co. 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 highlighting the different ways you can transform everyday houseplants into beautiful sculptural objects, from Kokedama and Terrariums to Macramé and floristry.

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. 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:


Notes to editors

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Notes to Editors:
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 www.rhs.org.uk/join

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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