The RHS has come up with yet another show to help gardeners get the best from their plots. The RHS London Urban Garden Show is from 27-28 October and features 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. It 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 a 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.
Bompas and Parr will be creating the ‘Garden of Darkness’ 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 moths fluttering around as they are guided through the space using night-vision goggles.
Houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank will talk about how to care for your houseplants while Alys Fowler will focus on making the most of small spaces.
Workshops will include terrarium building with London Terrariums and landscape arrangement inspired by the Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana. 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.