What's on at the show
Our first show of the year has more for you to see, do, and take home as we welcome in the new growing season with a wealth of inspiration to help get your horticultural creativity started.
Snowdrops fall from the sky
The Lindley Hall has been transformed into a snowdrop extravaganza, featuring a unique installation to celebrate this beloved early-spring flower. Rare and unusual snowdrops have been donated from gardens around the country, and cascade down from the ceiling.
Each specimen is labelled with its variety and origin, and you're able to admire their exquisite beauty at eye level – as well as spotting some well-known names among the galanthophiles. Specialist snowdrop nurseries attending the event include Harveys Garden Plants, Avon Bulbs and W & S Lockyer.
Our wonderful Winter Walk
Moving into the Lawrence Hall, you step into a Winter Garden wonderland, with a recreation of the planting at RHS Garden Wisley’s winter walk. Visitors to the show get a flavour of our flagship garden at this time of year as they experience the colours and scents of the season through layers of herbaceous shrubs and trees in an enchanting display. There are also interactive walks around the feature with experts from Wisley, who talk about the different plants and advise how to use them in your own gardens.
Advice to help you grow
Throughout the show, there are high-quality and innovative displays along with expert advice from nurserymen and growers such as Dibleys, Plantbase and The Botanic Nursery. Pennard Plants are selling a large range of seed potatoes as well as running sessions (including tastings) on the different varieties available. Birmingham Botanical Gardens are displaying their National Collection of Cyclamen, and guiding visitors around their exhibit so you can learn more about these seasonal blooms and how to grow them.
Exciting workshops are taking place on both days of the show, including painting a snowdrop Valentines card with the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, and making your own Valentine bouquet using ‘the language of flowers’ - these are paid for workshops which can be booked online.
There's a full programme of talks, with a range of speakers including TV presenter and author Alys Fowler and Gardeners' Question Time panellist Pippa Greenwood.
The RHS Lindley Library are also offering free curated tours on each day of the show, introducing their exhibition ‘Collecting in the Clouds: Early 20th Century Plant Discoveries’, which tells the story of four key plant collectors who were exploring the eastern-most edge of the Himalayas 100 years ago.
New Floral Artist
Award-winning floral artist Zita Elze has been selected as the RHS’s London Artist in Residence in 2018. Her first RHS installation for the Early Spring Plant Fair celebrates the natural transition from winter into spring with a woodland inspired scene.