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RHS London Autumn Garden Show 2017

Pheasant Acre Plants display. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall
Pheasant Acre Plants display. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall

End-of-season spectacle, October 25-26 (late event October 24)

After the RHS’s decision to have fewer but more spectacular London shows, with proceeds going towards paying for RHS apprentices, this is the first Autumn Garden Show.

It replaces the former Shades of Autumn Show, but will still take place in the RHS Lindley and RHS Lawrence Horticultural Halls.

You’ll have the chance to learn about urban foraging and seasonal growing techniques along with plant-based crafts.

There are talks from Roy Lancaster, Anne Swithinbank, and Nick Bailey, as well as ornithologist Bill Oddie.

Highlights of the show

  • The Autumn Ornamental Plant Competition, open for all to enter.
  • Specially selected nurseries and exhibitors offering seasonal plants, bulbs, and accessories, including The Botanic Nursery, Plantbase, and Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries.
  • Floral exhibitors including Calamazag Nursery, Strictly Daylilies, and The Salutation Garden.
  • In the Lindley Library, see the exhibition ‘Codlings, Costards and Biffins’.
  • Free tours of material from the library collections, including a curator’s introduction to the exhibition.
  • Foodie delights from Chelsea-based foraging restaurant Rabbit, in an indoor foraging forest full of unusual edibles created by Jon Davies.
  • Nick Bailey talks about ‘Unusual Edibles in the City’; Anne Swithinbank discusses ‘Foraging from the Garden’.
  • Floral installations from RHS Floral Artist in Residence 2017 (Electric Daisy Flower Farm).
  • A celebration of seedheads from RHS Gold-medal winning designer Paul-Hervey Brookes, and a ‘remix’ of the Chatsworth Path of Least Resistance Freeform installation.
  • Workshops including floral design, autumn-leaf crafting, and micro-green sowing.
  • Award-winning bonsai collection from Bonsai Kai, the oldest bonsai club in Europe.
  • The Late event has a preview of the show and a complimentary drink for the first 200 guests who book in advance. Free pumpkin carving workshops, delicious food, and live music.

Getting there, etc

  • RHS staff give advice
    RHS staff give advice. Picture; RHS Media Image collection

    Addresses: The Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, London SW1P 2QW; RHS Lawrence Hall, 80 Vincent Square SW1P 2QD.

  • Public transport: St James’s Park underground station or Victoria train station are the closest to the halls – expect a 10-minute walk. Limited on-street parking is available and there is off-street parking in Horseferry Road.
  • Opening hours: October 24 (late), 6pm–9pm; October 25-26 10am-5pm.
  • Ticket prices: Members £5, non-members £6 in advance, £9 on the day.
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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