City dwellers are welcome at the cutting-edge techniques of urban gardening at the RHS’s Urban Garden Show, on 27 – 28 October. Featuring ideas to transform the smallest urban corners, the event will reveal unusual ways to get greenery into city spaces. It aims to bring the best of the outdoors in for autumn.
The RHS London Urban Garden Show is perfect to see an exotic assortment of plants for city abodes. Whether they’re for a flat, balcony, or a window box, there’s something for all. For one weekend only, Peckham’s popular Green Rooms Botanical Market will be relocating to Westminster. This brings with it an eclectic mix of products from some of London’s top independent botanical businesses. Plant enthusiasts can explore the urban jungle and find tropical house plants, pots, terrariums, cacti and macramé!
For those looking for the next indoor gardening trend, look no further. ‘Aquascaping’ expert George Farmer will display an emerging form of underwater gardening. George will also run workshops to inspire visitors to create their own submerged landscapes using aquatics.
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 plunge into darkness as they walk through a dark haze of night-blooming plants. There is also the opportunity to admire moths fluttering as visitors go 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 look at how to care for houseplants. 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. Here they can 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 Ikebana with La Famille. Meanwhile, Bonsai Kai will run Bonsai training, and Joseph For will be showing visitors how to sow their own avocado seeds.
A late event on Friday 26 October will offer a preview evening ahead of its official opening on Saturday. Guests will be able to enjoy miniature floral makeovers for their eyebrows and beards. Flower crown workshops and pumpkin carving will be on to celebrate the spooky season.
Tickets are available online here.