The RHS London Plant and Design Show, took place over 2 days, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February and spanned both the Lawrence and Lindley Horticultural Halls, in Westminster, London.
The exhibitors included some 29 nurseries and plant growers, 15 trade stands, 3 garden design colleges and two stands occupied by NAFAS – the National association of flower arrangement societies. Throughout the two days there were several Design talks taking place as well as demonstrations and workshops.
This years show also included the RHS Potato day and Pennard Plants had a huge display of their very good seeds and apparently 75 types of potato. There were also a series of Potato talks and workshops. I bought some, but not wanting to carry masses home from London limited myself to just 10 organic Setana seed potatoes, plus some Grandiflora ‘Senator’ Sweet Pea seeds.
I did not arrive until Saturday lunchtime – dogs to walk ect.., but managed to catch two of the talks, Chris Pennards Chitting workshop and later Andrew Wilsons garden design talk, both of which were very good.
The Stands were full of gorgeous Spring cheer and in the Lawrence Hall Hardys Plants were displaying amongst many beautiful plants a really lovely Hellebore ‘Anemone Picotee’
Another favourite from Hardys plants with a lovely citrus scent.
Broadleigh Gardens had one particular Iris that went straight to the top of my wish list, and I am told just a few cut flowers will fill a room with its beautiful scent.
One of the four stands awarded gold – Trewidden Nursery were displaying a very pretty Erica discolor, which needs protection from severe frost.
A short walk across to Lindley Hall, where one of my favourite trade stands – Plant Belles were displaying some very nice rusted and galvanised plant supports. An overdue purchase for my veg garden was very nearly made – had I got there 30 minutes earlier, sadly for me they had just sold out of rusted support hoops. Next time.
Just one of the many gorgeous Irises from the Jacques Amand gold winning stand
Roll on Springtime!