The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair (13-14 February) returns for 2018 with striking displays combining the natural beauty of the season with design innovation and a never-seen-before hanging collection of snowdrops.
Donated from gardens all over the country, the stunning installation will see snowdrops cascading down from the ceiling of RHS Lindley Hall, Westminster. Individually enclosed in clear baubles, visitors will be able to admire the snowdrop’s intricate details at eye level as they walk through this unique collection created by award-winning Garden Designer Fiona Silk. With each labelled with its variety and origin, guests will be able to spot some well-known names amongst the specialist growers and esteemed galanthophiles. Donors include Lord Heseltine from his collection at Thenford House, Barnsdale Gardens established by Geoff Hamilton, and Raveningham Gardens from none other than RHS president Sir Nicholas Bacon.
Moving into the RHS Lawrence Hall, visitors will step into a Winter Garden wonderland. Drawing inspiration from the Society’s very own RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, award-winning garden writer and author Naomi Slade will construct this walk-through feature based on the popular winter walk, showcasing the colours and scents of the season through layers of herbaceous shrubs and trees for an enchanting display. Meanwhile, alpine expert Nigel Hopes will be revealing the beauty of various species and cultivars of Cyclamen that make up the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in a flourishing display from the National Collection.
Plenty of seasonal workshops will also be taking place; for those in the mood for Valentine’s Day, visitors can get involved in botanical painting with the Chelsea School of Botanical Art to create their very own Valentine’s Cards, while La Famille will be teaching the Language of Flowers with bespoke floral designs for loved ones. A line-up of talks and seminars will see tips and inspiration for this season from well-known speakers such as gardening journalist Alys Fowler and BBC Gardeners’ Question Time regular Pippa Greenwood.
Other highlights include a beautiful floral installation from the new RHS London Floral Artist in Residence 2018, Zita Elze, plus Pennard Plants will be running tastings of various varieties of seed potatoes throughout the Show.
Exclusive Late Event, 12 February
The RHS will be welcoming visitors to an exclusive late event on Monday 12 February, offering the chance to enjoy the fresh displays ahead of its official opening and free workshops throughout the evening. All visitors will also be treated to a complimentary drink. Tickets are available to buy online, priced at £5. To book please visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-london-shows/rhs-early-spring-plant-fair