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RHS Early Spring Plant Fair 2018

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An RHS employee smells daffodils on the R&A Scamp Quality Daffodils stand at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza in 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
An RHS employee smells daffodils on the R&A Scamp Quality Daffodils stand at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza in 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

February 12–14, Lindley and Lawrence Halls, London

Fresh colour and early-flowering plants are the hallmarks of the first RHS show of the year, with inspiration to help you kick-start the gardening year.

The UK’s best growers will be selling snowdrops, spring flowering clematis, daffodils and posies.

The Late event (February 12) features free workshops, street food, and a free drink on entry.

The Lindley Hall will be transformed into a snowdrop extravaganza, with an installation featuring rare and unusual snowdrops donated from gardens around the country, cascading from the ceiling.

Each specimen will be labelled with its variety and origin and specialist snowdrop nurseries attending include Harveys Garden Plants, Avon Bulbs and W & S Lockyer.

Narcissus Tete Boucle displayed for the first time in the UK on the W and S Lockyer stand in 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
Narcissus Tete Boucle displayed for the first time in the UK on the W and S Lockyer stand in 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

Winter Garden Wonderland

In the Lawrence Hall is a Winter Garden wonderland, with a recreation of the planting at RHS Garden Wisley’s winter walk.

There will also be interactive walks around the feature with experts from Wisley, who will be talking about the different plants and advising on how to use them.

Enjoy innovative displays and get expert advice from growers such as Dibleys, Plantbase and The Botanic Nursery.

Pennard Plants will be selling a large range of seed potatoes as well as running sessions (including tastings) with visitors.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be displaying its National Collection of Cyclamen, and guiding visitors around the exhibit.

Viewing Amaryllis on the Pheasant Acre Plants stand at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza in 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
Viewing Amaryllis on the Pheasant Acre Plants stand at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza in 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

Valentine’s Day art

Workshops will be taking place on both days, including painting a snowdrop Valentine’s card with the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, and making your own Valentine’s bouquet using ‘the language of flowers’ – these can be booked online.

A full programme of talks is planned, with speakers including Alys Fowler and Pippa Greenwood.

The RHS Lindley Library will be offering free curated tours on each day, introducing the exhibition ‘Collecting in the Clouds: Early 20th Century Plant Discoveries’.

The late evening runs from 5-9pm on February 12; 11am-8pm on the 13th and 11am-6pm on the 14th.

For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-london-shows/rhs-early-spring-plant-fair.

Visitors at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza, 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
Visitors at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza, 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor
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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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