City dwellers are invited to experience the cutting-edge techniques of urban gardening at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Urban Garden Show taking place from 27-28 October. Featuring endless ideas for transforming even the smallest urban corners, the event will reveal some of the more unusual ways to get greenery into city spaces and bring the best of the outdoors in for autumn.
The RHS London Urban Garden Show is the perfect place to browse and buy an exotic assortment of plants for city abodes – whether they’re for a flat, balcony, small courtyard or even a window box. For one weekend only, Peckham’s popular Green Rooms Botanical Market will be relocating to Westminster, bringing with it an eclectic mix of products from some of London’s top independent botanical businesses. Plant enthusiasts of all levels will be able to explore the urban jungle and stock up on tropical houseplants, pots, terrariums, cacti, macramé and botanical prints and more!
For those looking for the next indoor gardening trend, ‘aquascaping’ expert George Farmer will display this unusual, emerging form of underwater gardening and will be running workshops to inspire visitors to try their hand at creating their own submerged, miniature landscapes using aquatic plants.
Just in time for Halloween, multi-sensory design agency Bompas and Parr will be creating an unnerving experience. The ‘Garden of Darkness’ will create a nocturnal installation to celebrate the unsung heroes of pollination: moths. Guests will be plunged into darkness as they walk through a dark haze of night-blooming plants and admire the glimpses of the moths fluttering in between as they are guided through the space using night-vision goggles.
A host of creative talks and workshops to help everyone get to grips with urban gardening will run throughout the show. Houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank will be looking at how to care for your houseplants while Alys Fowler will focus on growing in small areas to make the most of all spaces. For a contemporary twist in landscaping, Rob Dwiar will invite visitors into the virtual world to take a look at landscape design in computer games alongside PlayStation 4 game demonstrations.
Workshops will include terrarium building with London Terrariums and landscape arrangement inspired by the Japanese art of flower arranging Ikebana with La Famille. Meanwhile, Bonsai Kai will be running Bonsai training demonstrations and visitors can learn how to sow their own avocado seeds with Joseph Ford.
A late event on Friday 26 October will offer a preview evening ahead of its official opening on Saturday, where guests will be able to enjoy miniature floral makeovers for their eyebrows and beards, flower crown workshops and pumpkin carving to celebrate the spooky season.
RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD
27-28 October 2018
Tickets can be booked online via rhs.org.uk