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See workshops, celebrate Halloween and pick up planting ideas for even the smallest of spaces
Come and experience the cutting-edge techniques of urban gardening at the RHS Urban Garden Show (27-28 October). Featuring endless ideas for transforming even the smallest urban corners, the show 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.
Plant enthusiasts of all levels will be able to explore the urban jungle and stock up on tropical houseplants, pots, terrariums, cacti, macramé, botanical prints and more.
For those looking for the next indoor gardening trend, ‘aquascaping’ expert George Farmer will display an 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.
Just in time for Halloween, multi-sensory design agency Bompas and Parr will be creating an unnerving experience. The ‘Garden of Darkness’ will create 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 the glimpses of fluttering moths as they are guided through the space using night-vision goggles.
A host of creative talks and workshops to help everyone get to grips with urban gardening will run throughout the show. Houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank will explain how to care for your houseplants while Alys Fowler will focus on growing in small areas to make the most of all spaces. For a contemporary twist in landscaping, Rob Dwiar will invite visitors into the virtual world to take a look at landscape design in computer games alongside PlayStation 4 game demonstrations.
Workshops will include terrarium building with London Terrariums and landscape arrangement inspired by the Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana with La Famille. 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 the show's 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.
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