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.
The Late event (12 February 2018) offers you the chance to be the first to experience the Show, and features free workshops, street food, and a free drink on entry.
Snowdrops will fall from the sky
The Lindley Hall will be transformed into a snowdrop extravaganza, featuring a unique installation to celebrate this beloved early-spring flower. Rare and unusual snowdrops will be donated from gardens around the country, and will cascade down from the ceiling, each individually enclosed in its own clear bauble.
Each specimen will be labelled with its variety and origin, and you'll be 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’ll step into a Winter Garden wonderland, with a recreation of the planting at RHS Garden Wisley’s winter walk. Visitors to the show will 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 will also be interactive walks around the feature with experts from Wisley, who will talking about the different plants and advising on how to use them in your own gardens.
Advice to help you grow
Throughout the show, there will be high-quality and innovative displays along with expert advice from nurserymen and 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 on the different varieties available. Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be 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 will be 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 Valentines bouquet using ‘the language of flowers’. More workshops will be announced nearer the time, some of which will be free of charge.
We will host a full programme of talks, with a range of speakers including TV presenter and author Alys Fowler. A full talks programme and exhibitor list will be available soon.
The RHS Lindley Library will also be 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.