Published: 21 February 2013
Spring Blooms in London
Chris Allen visited the RHS London Plant & Design Show in February 2013 to see the spring displays and garden designs on show.

The two RHS Halls were alive with the smells of spring during the recent RHS London Plant & Design Show. Dozens of exhibitors from around the UK had created some spectacular displays of spring flowering plants that created quite a buzz with visitors who were relishing the glorious colours after such a long and gloomy period.

Below are a few images to help share in the delights of the show.

Broadleigh Gardens displaying their plants to perfection in a naturalistic setting


The Jaques Amand team had created a dramatic sea of many shades of blue on their imaginatively planted containers of dwarf Iris varieties.


Avon Bulbs used mixed planting to emphasize the purity of the white within their many snowdrop varieties.

In both halls the many visitors showed a lot of interest in the plants with stands doing brisk business.

There were also displays relating to landscapes and landscaping; one of these was announcing the winners of the ‘RHS National Young Designer Gardens 2013’. The three designers who had had their designs shortlisted and then became the finalists who will build their gardens at this year’s Tatton Park Show were on hand to talk through their designs with visitors.  

The Gardening Times will be following these three designers as they prepare for the biggest challenge of their careers so far. 
The RHS London Shows attract some of the top growers who produce plants of the highest quality; these people then use their artistic skills to display their plants in the most creative and imaginative ways on the stands. The displays are judged following RHS rules with gold, silver and bronze awards being given where the correct standards have been achieved. 
See the RHS website for more details of all RHS shows around the country, they are great events where it is possible to gather information from people that really do know their plants and to get inspiration for our own gardens. At this show a major feature for me was seeing so many spring plants in full bloom all in one place.
Reported by Chris Allen  

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